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$100,000 to support Gayndah and Perry emergency volunteers.

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$100,000 to Support Gayndah and Perry Emergency Volunteers Thursday, 3 August 2006

A Federal funding injection of more than $280,000 will give Hinkler’s emergency service volunteers the support they need to keep their local communities safe during disasters. Federal Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said Gayndah Shire Council and Perry Shire Council were included in the funding round, and would receive $50,000 each under the Working Together to Manage Emergencies program. “Those funds will go towards local projects to help Gayndah and Perry Shires become more self reliant

during emergencies such as floods and fires,” Mr Neville said. “Both the Shires will use their $50,000 grants to build disaster coordination management centres and emergency services training facilities.” “Not only will these centres act as hubs during natural disasters and other crises, but they will give the two communities the ability to train and upskill local volunteers on a regular basis.” Bundaberg City Council, and the Burnett, Isis, Kolan and Calliope Shire Councils also received allocations under this funding round. Mr Neville said the grants were a practical way to make communities safer while supporting the people who were at the frontline during emergencies. “Around 500,000 Australians volunteer their services in some emergency management capacity, and 350,000 of those are directly involved in responding to emergencies, mainly through rural fire services and State Emergency Services.” “It is often the heroic efforts of emergency services volunteers which overcome crises and help people rebuild their lives after natural disasters.” The Working Together to Manage Emergencies initiative includes: · $16 million over four years to the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund (NEVSF) to boost the recruitment, retention, skills and training of volunteer organisations · $30 million over four years to the Local Grants Scheme (LGS) to assist local councils to develop and implement community emergency risk management initiatives, fund security upgrades around critical infrastructure and provide training for staff. The programs were introduced in 2004, and the first full year of funding in 2005/06 saw $14.4 million provided for 463 projects across Australia. Applications for the 2007-08 funding round will be invited in December 2006, with a closing date of 2 March 2007. Guidelines and application forms will be available at: from mid-December.