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Equipment to support local volunteers.

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Sandy Macdonald The Nationals Senator for NSW 20 July 2004

Equipment to support local volunteers

Twenty-eight organisations in the Calare electorate will receive funding from the Australian Government to purchase vital equipment for volunteers, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“The Volunteer Small Equipment Grants program has been so successful, the Australian Government received more than 8000 applications for funding in the latest round,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Central West volunteer organisations have received a total of more than $68,000 in grants.”

“More than $7 million has been allocated to volunteer organisations across Australia in this round of funding.”

“Grants are used for organisations to purchase essential equipment, which helps make the jobs of their volunteers easier,” Senator Macdonald said.

“All the people involved with these organisations have given up their own time to help the community in fields including emergency services, sport, the environment and tourism.”

“The grants have been used for purchasing items such as refrigerators, UHF Radios and computer equipment.”

Senator Macdonald said this latest round of funding is the sixth time the Australian Government has committed its financial support directly to volunteers since 2001, bringing the total funding to over $26 million, distributed to approximately 11,500 community organisations.

“The Australian Government is committed to supporting the important work volunteers do in our local communities.”

A list of successful applicants is attached.

Media Contact: Rachel Kingsford Smith 0427 570 506

1. $2,605.45 for Lithgow Small Arms Museum Inc for a photocopier. 2. $4,084.55 for NSW Rural Fire Service - Conobolas Zone Training Committee to purchase a projector, photocopier and digital camera. 3. $1,286.36 for CWA - Carcoar / Mandurama Branch to purchase gardening equipment and

crockery. 4. $4,532.73 for the Girl Guide Association Mid West region to purchase a laptop computer and data projector. 5. $2,044.55 for Wyangala Progress Association Inc to purchase computer equipment. 6. $4,312.73 for Yeoval & District Progress Association Inc to purchase a brush cutter and lawn

mower. 7. $1,500.80 for Hartley District Bushfire Brigade to purchase handheld radios. 8. $1,835.45 for Freemantle Bushfire Brigade to purchase tools and furniture. 9. $3,271.82 for Native Dog Bushfire Brigade to purchase a chainsaw and fire-fighting

equipment. 10. $4,545.45 for Gingking Rural Bushfire Brigade to purchase fire-fighting equipment and radios. 11. $2,181.82 for the Lithgow District Netball Association Inc to purchase cleaning, and kitchen

equipment. 12. $4,195 for Wattle Flat/Sofala Rural Fire Service to purchase a hose reel. 13. $1,040 for the Shooters Hill Rural Fire Brigade to purchase radios, first aid kits and kitchen equipment. 14. $4,486.36 for Hazelgrove Rural Fire Brigade to purchase workshop equipment and tools and

a generator. 15. $343.64 for Home-Start National to purchase a heater, microwave and urn. 16. $2,363.64 for Oberon Show Society Inc to purchase a tractor. 17. $2,363.64 for Molong Baptist Youth & Community Activities Committee to purchase a fridge

and freezer. 18. $3,409.09 for Kanimbla Volunteer Bushfire Brigade to purchase a fridge, urn, furniture and other small items. 19. $2,611.82 for Oberon Headquarters Rural Fire Brigade to purchase radios, high visibility rain

coats and pants and a personal beacon. 20. $817.27 for Cudal Cargo & District Lions Club Inc to purchase a fax/copier/printer. 21. $480.91 for Evans Headquarters RFS to purchase a GPS with mount bracket and power lead. 22. $3,125 for SES Lithgow Unit to purchase a remote speaker mike and accessories. 23. $1,271.82 for Palmers Oakey Bush Fire Brigade to purchase a fridge. 24. $2,274.55 for Cowra Family History Group Inc to purchase office equipment and a camera. 25. $2,407.64 for Glanmire Walang Rural Fire Brigade to purchase wet-weather clothing, jump-

starter packs, a compressor and hand-held radios. 26. $2,794.05 for Two Mile Rural Fire Service to purchase a BBQ and accessories and furniture. 27. $487.27 for Fitzgeralds Valley Bushfire Brigade to purchase Radios and a charger. 28. $1,363 for Dark Corner Rural Fire Brigade to purchase a fridge.