The Andrews Labor Government has invested $97,333 in emergency services in Tarneit to provide essential operational equipment, vehicles and appliances for local volunteers.

Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced the Mount Cottrell CFA Group and the Truganina CFA Brigade would both receive funding to support their work protecting the local community

These projects are amongst 240 grants sharing in more than $14 million in funding under the government’s 2020-21 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

Truganina CFA will receive a grant of $94,000 to establish a Rehabilitation Unit for the brigade, including the purchasing of equipment. The Mount Cottrell Group, a peak body of 11 brigades in Melbourne’s west, will receive a grant of $3,333 to purchase a computer, screens, a smart TV and accessories for their stations.

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 $146,000.

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 –

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 Tarneit Sarah Connolly

“These important projects will give our hardworking CFA volunteers 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 2020-21 round of VESEP grants.”

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