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Funding boost for Shepparton
CFA volunteers in the Greater Shepparton region will receive a $125,000 funding boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
**Victorian Government media release**
Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited the Mooroopna CFA fire station to congratulate volunteers on their successful grants under the $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) program.
The Mooroopna CFA fire station will receive $20,000 in funding to upgrade its car park, complete a boundary fence and install better lighting facilities.
Seven other brigades in the area will also upgrade their stations including Arcadia, Karramomus, Caniambo, Cosgrove/Pine Lodge, District 22, Dookie and Kialla and District.
The funding boost will help with equipment purchases such as hoses and pumps, facility upgrades including power works, as well as training.
These grants will allow the brigades to get on with the job of providing a first-rate emergency response to the community, rather than rattling tins to raise money for station upgrades.
Keeping emergency services volunteers well-equipped is particularly important in and around Shepparton, which is a high bushfire risk area.
More than 260 grants worth more than $5.2 million have been approved so far under the ESVS 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
“As the first line of defence in times of emergency, our volunteers do an outstanding job keeping our communities safe.”
“With the very real risk of bushfires in this region, it’s vital our brigades have the equipment, facilities and training they need get on with the job.”