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Funding boost for Tamworth and Deepwater SES.

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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


The Tamworth and Deepwater State Emergency Services (SES) have received a major funding boost under the second round of funding of the Australian Government’s Working Together to Manage Emergencies initiative.

NSW Nationals Senator Sandy Macdonald has announced that funding totalling $92,000 has been awarded to SES units in New England.

• $42,000 for Tamworth Regional State Emergency Services Headquarters, • $50,000 for Deepwater State Emergency Services Unit Headquarters.

“The grants are 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 Tamworth SES grant was awarded under the Local Grants Scheme and will be used to upgrade facilities at the Tamworth SES Headquarters,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The Deepwater State Emergency Service will use the funding received from the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund to extend the Deepwater Headquarters to provide a training, storage, office and kitchen area.”

Senator Macdonald said some 350,000 people across Australia volunteer their time through emergency services such as the SES 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 from mid-December to find out more information about the funding or to obtain an application form.

Ends…Wednesday 9 August 2006