The Diamond Creek, Whittlesea, and Wallan CFA stations are set to receive over $213,463 for improvements from the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

The Andrews Labor Government has invested in emergency services in the electorate of Yan Yean to provide essential vehicles, appliances, and minor facility improvements for local volunteers.

The projects are amongst 240 grants sharing in more than $14 million in funding under the government’s 2020-21 VESEP.

Under the program, the Victorian Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution up to $150,000 per project. This brings the total investment in these projects to $276,446.

The annual grants program gives volunteer emergency service groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to purchase equipment including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and for minor improvements including refurbishments and amenities, such as kitchens and change rooms.

For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website – emv.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson

“We’re ensuring our emergency service volunteers are well resourced with the essential equipment they need to carry out their critical work.”

“Emergency service volunteers make selfless and brave contributions to local communities and the broader Victorian community – and the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program supports their ongoing dedication to keeping Victorians safe.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green

“These important projects will give our hardworking CFA volunteers in Wallan, Diamond Creek and Whittlesea the equipment and amenities needed to effectively carry out their duties.”

“I’d like to thank all of our volunteer groups for their hard work and congratulate the successful applicants in the 2019-20 round of VESEP grants.”