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Funding boost for Cessnock District Rescue Squad.



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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Sandy Macdonald Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate

FUNDING BOOST FOR CESSNOCK DISTRICT RESCUE SQUAD

The Cessnock District Rescue Squad has received a funding boost under the second round of the Australian Government’s Working Together to Manage Emergencies initiative.

NSW Nationals Senator Sandy Macdonald has announced the funding of $2,700 to the Cessnock District Rescue Squad.

“The grant is part of 365 projects announced by the Federal Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock, which are designed to assist communities and emergency services to become more independent during emergencies,” Senator Macdonald said.

The Working Together to Manage Emergencies initiative included the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund (NEVSF), which will boost the recruitment, retention, skills and training of volunteer organisations, and the Local Grants Scheme

(LGS), which assists local councils to develop and implement community emergency risk management initiatives, fund security upgrades around critical infrastructure and provide training for staff.

“The Cessnock Rescue Squad received the funding through the National Emergency Support Fund and will use the grant to purchase a manikin in order to train squad members in motor accident and casualty handling,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald said some 350,000 people across Australia volunteer their time through emergency services such as rescue squads and are directly involved in responding to emergencies.

“Time and time again the hard work of emergency service volunteers plays an essential part in assisting in emergencies and helping people rebuild and get on with their lives,” Senator Macdonald said.

Applications for the 2007-08 funding round will open in December 2006. You can visit the website www.ema.gov.au/communitydevelopment from mid-December to find out more information about the funding or to obtain an application form.

Ends…Wednesday 9 August 2006