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Mike Kelly announces new emergency support fund grants.

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Media Release

Mike Kelly MP

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Office of the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP Member for Eden-Monaro, Shop 16, City Link Plaza, Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

August 6, 2008 08-108

Mike Kelly announces new emergency support fund grants The Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly has announced seven new grants across the electorate totalling almost $61,000 under the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund.

Grants worth more than $3 million have been provided by the Australian Government for the 2008-09 financial year to boost recruitment, retention and training of volunteer organisations at the front line of emergency management.

“This money is vitally important to our volunteers,” Dr Kelly said. “It helps them protect our communities and if disaster does strike, ensures they recover as quickly as possible.

“Hundreds of people across Eden-Monaro volunteer their time in the front line during times of natural disaster - principally through our NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and the State Emergency Services (SES).”

Projects funded under the program range from purchase of audio-visual training equipment to enhance the quality of training provided to volunteers, to recruitment campaigns, targeted volunteer training activities and the construction and fit-out of dedicated training facilities.

The Eden-Monaro grants are:

• $1804 to the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association in Bega to build a vertical training platform;

• $4940.10 to the RFS Captains Flat Brigade to purchase audio-visual training equipment;

• $4037 to the RFS Stony Creek Brigade to purchase audio-visual training equipment;

• $25,300 to the RFS Far South Coast to develop and implement volunteer recruitment signs using existing fire danger signs;

• $5377.90 to the RFS Jerrabomberra Creek Brigade to purchase audio-visual training equipment;

• $12,677.50 to the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol’s Bermagui Division to provide skills-based training for volunteer members; and

• $6,600 to the RFS Bungendore Brigade to purchase audio-visual training equipment.

“We have one of the highest volunteer rates in the country in Eden-Monaro, which is just another reason our region is so special. I am delighted that they are getting this support”, Dr Kelly said.

Media inquiries: Terry Bransdon 0488 499 166