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Equipment to support our local volunteers.

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Greg Hunt, Federal Member for Flinders, has announced $$16,667.46 in Australian Government funding for a range of equipment grants to local community organisations.

As part of $3 million allocated for the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants 2005, Mr Hunt said the following organizations would receive funding:

$539.09 Pearcedale Netball Club Inc To purchase a blower vac and line trimmer.

$863.64 Koo Wee Rup Peer Support Program To purchase a TV, DVD/VCR combo

$452.73 Lang Lang Bowling Club Inc. To purchase a phone, fax, copier, scanner and portable evaporative cooler.

$2403.09 San Remo Newhaven Lions Club To purchase reflective safety vests, traffic cones, waterproof jackets, torches, heatproof gloves.

$904.55 Nepean Equestrian Club Inc. (Somerville) to purchase an electric hot water service, microwave, portable sunshades and a first aid kit.

$2612.73 Art Red Hill to purchase a marquee, platform trolley, portable air conditioner and three step ladders.

$2,718.00 Nepean Conservation Group Inc. to purchase a desktop computer, flat panel display and an all-in-one printer.

$2,136.36 Rye and Peninsula Greek Womens’ Club to purchase a bain marie, cooking pots, and two 20-litre urns.

$1,136.36 Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club Inc. to purchase a high pressure water cleaner.

$719.09 Probus Club of Main Ridge To purchase woodworking safety gear and safety visors.

$2,181.82 Peninsula Group of Fire Brigades To purchase a multimedia projector

Mr Hunt said, “This funding will help make dedicated volunteers’ valuable work easier, safer and more enjoyable.

Each purchase will make a significant difference to volunteers’ work and assists to obtain equipment this organisation may not have been able to otherwise afford.

Volunteers from these organisations are local people who give up their valuable time to help their own communities in all sorts of fields - like family and community support, emergency services, the environment, sport and tourism,” Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said this latest round of funding is the seventh time the Australian Government has committed its financial support directly to volunteers, bringing the total funding to over $29 million, distributed to approximately 13,600 community organisations Australia wide.

“The Australian Government remains committed to supporting the important work volunteers do for the Australian community,” Mr Hunt said.