Boost for emergency volunteers in Nillumbik

Emergency management volunteers in Nillumbik Shire are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program.

Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state.

Labor MPs Danielle Green and Vicki Ward today announced six Nillumbik CFA and SES units would benefit from the latest round of funding.

“I’m really pleased that we are able to provide the six organisations with over $190,000 in grants to continue protecting the community,” Ms Green said.

The grants include;

  • $67,667 for Wattle Glen Fire Brigade for a station upgrade including glass doors, retaining walls and sealing the car park.
  • $39,735 for Nillumbik SES for audio visual equipment, kitchen equipment, security cameras, a wheeled stretcher.
  • $22,746 for Hurstbridge Fire Brigade for a laptop, computer, data projector and screen, printer, 6 truck licences and 15 chainsaw certificates.
  • $18,720 for Nillumbik CFA Group to allow 12 members to attend the AFAC conference including registration, accommodation and flights.
  • $15,253 for Aurthurs Creek Strathewen Fire Brigade for vinyl targets, replastering and repainting, a 43” television, generator, flood lighting as well as humidity, windspeed, moisture and incline measuring devices.
  • $26,849 for Panton Hill Fire Brigade to purchase hoses, laptops, an iPad, iPhone, projector and screen, chainsaw training and 5 training courses to drive a medium tanker.

“These grants will assist emergency volunteers in the Nillumbik Shire in the crucial work they do in keeping the community safe,” Ms Green said.

Ms Ward said the grants program has a positive impact on emergency management groups across Victoria. “We want to help our emergency management volunteers do what they do best; help our community” Ms Ward said.

Minister for Emergency Services, James Merlino, said the main purpose of the grants was to keep local communities safe.

“The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work, protecting Victorian properties and lives,” Mr Merlino said.

To view successful recipients of the ESVS Grants Program please visit:


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