Moe And Morwell Volunteers Receive $30,000 Boost

Emergency service volunteers in Moe and Morwell are receiving a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today visited Moe’s Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) unit to congratulate volunteers on their successful grants under the  Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program.

Moe VICSES will receive $18,000 in funding for much needed new equipment, including almost $7,000 for a new tandem trailer. The new trailer, which replaces a 30 year old model in constant need of repair, will be used to transfer sandbags and other emergency response equipment to sites affected by flood and storm events.

Morwell VICSES will receive $11,000 in funding to purchase new equipment for boat operations and water rescues. The money will also go towards fuel cabinets, a new freezer, a four-wheel-drive recovery kit and new lighting systems that can be set up in remote areas at night.

More than 260 grants worth almost $5.2 million have been approved so far under the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program with plenty more to come.

A list of successful grant recipients can be found at www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants

Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino

“Congratulations to Moe and Morwell VICSES units on securing funding for new equipment that will help them continue their outstanding work keeping the community safe.”

“Volunteers in Moe and Morwell, and right across our state, put in huge hours responding to floods, storms and rescues and they deserve the best equipment, training and facilities.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“This new equipment will make a real difference for our hardworking volunteers. These units have seen a lot of growth over recent years and they need gear they can rely on.”

“The new tandem trailer won’t just be useful for hauling equipment, it will allow volunteers to get a Utility Task Vehicle out to remote areas including the Strzelecki Ranges and Mount Baw Baw to search for missing people.”

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