Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, announced $80,000 in State funding for the purchase of a new vessel and tow vehicle for the Mallacoota Coast Guard.
Mallacoota Coast Guard will receive a new vessel and tow vehicle to support the flotilla in the lead up to the opening of Bastion Point boat ramp thanks to $80,000 in Victorian Coalition Government funding, Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, announced this week.
In making the announcement, Mr Bull said the Coast Guard makes a significant contribution to the local community and it is important it has the appropriate equipment to respond in emergency situations.
Mr Bull said the State Government would contribute $40,000 from the Victorian Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) and $40,000 from the Boating Safety and Facilities program towards the vessel with the Mallacoota Coast Guard contributing $20,000.
Mallacoota Volunteer Coast Guard Commander, John Rudge, said members were delighted funding had been received to allow the flotilla to add the new vessel and tow vehicle to its emergency response capabilities.
“We are looking forward to our new fully-equipped vessel's presence so we can begin training and improve our ocean rescue capabilities,” Mr Rudge said.
Mr Bull said the Victorian Coalition Government is committed to providing our emergency services with the resources and equipment they need to keep Victorians safe and support stronger local communities.
Mr Bull said that the government had delivered $12.23 million for the 2014-15 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment program (VESEP).
“The VESEP is a partnership between the State Government and communities that allow emergency services volunteers to purchase the latest equipment that will support the ongoing protection of all Victorians.
“In recognition of the significant contribution made by emergency services, the government has invested more than $48 million in the VESEP program since 2010,” he said.
Minister for Ports, David Hodgett, said the Victorian Coalition Government is spending more than ever before on the Boating Safety and Facilities Program.
“This record funding will allow even more local councils, agencies and community groups to undertake upgrades to jetties and boat ramps, as well as delivering navigational aids, signage and assistance for search and rescue groups.
“The extra funding and the establishment of the Recreational Boating Working Group is proof that the Napthine Government is identifying and funding ways to improve Victoria’s boating infrastructure.