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Applications invited for Rudd Government's $3.2 million emergency volunteer support fund.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON ROBERT McCLELLAND MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.law.gov.au/ag

28 November 123/2008

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR RUDD GOVERNMENT’S $3.2 MILLION EMERGENCY VOLUNTEER SUPPORT FUND

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has today officially opened applications for this year’s National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund, urging interested parties to seek Government funding.

“Australia’s emergency volunteers number up to half a million people and provide an invaluable service to the community every year. This $3.2 million fund provides vital support to help volunteer organisations to improve recruitment, retention and training initiatives,” said Mr McClelland.

“The Rudd Government recognises that emergency volunteers give freely of their time to protect the lives and property of others and deserve to be supported in this way.”

Over 778 projects have been funded through the program to a total value in excess of $18.5 million.

“I encourage all eligible emergency volunteer organisations to make applications to this fund. The money will help to build and train their pool of talented people to be ready for the whole range of possible emergencies,” said Mr McClelland.

Applications for funding through the initiative in 2009/10 will close on 6 March 2009.

Details of the program, including Guidelines, Application Forms and Applicant Guides can be found on the Emergency Management Australia website: www.ema.gov.au/communityengagement

Media Contact: Adam Sims, Attorney-General’s Office, 0419 480 224 Alastair Wilson, EMA Media Liaison, 0408 606 462