Baillieu/Ryan Government To Boost SES Funding

Baillieu/Ryan Government To Boost SES Funding

Victoria Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan

Nationals Candidate for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy

Record Funding For State Emergency Service Under Coalition Govt

Victor P Taffa

The Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition will provide record funding for the State Emergency Service (VICSES) if elected this month, Shadow Minister for Emergency Services and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan said today.

Making the announcement today at the Wangaratta SES Station with The Nationals Candidate for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy, Mr. Ryan said a Coalition Government would provide an additional $8 Million to ease the pressure on overworked VICSES volunteers.

“The additional funding provided by the Coalition amounts to a 5% Boost in Government Funding.” Mr. Ryan said.

 

“It will allow the service to employ volunteer support officers, enhance volunteer training and boost its capacity to tackle storms and floods.”

Mr. Ryan said Victoria’s SES volunteers were increasingly burdened with administrative duties, taking them away from frontline duties and their families.

“VICSES is a Professional Emergency Service that Victoria simply could not do without.” Mr. Ryan said.

“This increase in recurrent funding will provide VICSES with the flexibility it needs to support volunteers without dictating where and how the money should be used.”

“The funding will build the future of VICSES and enable volunteers to continue their inspiring work of serving Victorian communities during Emergencies.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. McCurdy said local SES volunteers had worked tirelessly during September’s floods and deserved additional Government Support.

“Victorians know SES volunteers can be relied on to attend devastated homes and clear fallen trees from roads in the wake of storms and floods.” Mr. McCurdy said.

“We saw in the September floods the lengths to which our dedicated local volunteers will go in order to keep the community safe.”

“They demonstrated great selflessness and commitment by door-knocking through the night and assisting people to evacuate as the waters rose.”

“As a community we are enormously privileged to be served by such a professional and dedicated group of volunteers and I am proud to be here announcing additional funding for VICSES.” Mr. McCurdy said.

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