Life Saving Victoria (LSV) and the state’s lifesaving clubs are seeing the benefits of the Andrew’s Government $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) grant that was announced in June last year.
The grant has enabled LSV to deliver a range of projects throughout the state, which include:
- Updates and upgrades to critical lifesaving equipment.
- Enhanced volunteer trainer education to enable them to deliver essential lifesaving training to volunteer members.
- Development and improvements to applications and technologies to reduce the administration and paperwork associated with volunteer training.
- A rollout of new uniforms for volunteer members.
General Manager – Lifesaving Club Development Andrew Foran said the grant was not only a result of the ongoing positive interaction between the Victorian State Government, Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and LSV, but it acknowledges the work of the organisation’s volunteer base.
“We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with the State Government and EMV, and this type of financial support not only celebrates the value of volunteerism, but demonstrates their support for volunteer-based organisations, who provide lifesaving services in the community.
“Being able to provide $120,000 in new uniforms to our members, along with new equipment and enhanced training, is a wonderful way to acknowledge the work our volunteers do.
“We thank the government for these types of initiatives, and we can clearly see the positive outcomes and value this grant has delivered,” said Andrew.
As well as statewide projects, individual lifesaving clubs also benefited with Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club receiving more than $4,500 for a new public-address system and a shark alarm. The grant will also fund a sign for the front of the club, as well as promotional flags to improve its profile.
To find out more about the ESVE grant announcement visit: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/funding-boost-for-emergency-volunteers/