Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP has toured the completed shed upgrade at the Huntly SES, made possible through a Federal Government Grant.
“I’m proud that this upgrade was made possible through a Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme,” Chesters said.
“I’ve had personal experiences to learn how critical the SES to our community,” Chesters said.
“These volunteers do their work with great professionalism; it’s vital they have the infrastructure they need to complete tasks to the best of their ability.
Improved access to the shed will allow SES Volunteers to respond to emergency call-outs in the Huntly area quicker than before, which ultimately improves the outcome in an emergency situation.
Ms Chesters said the upgrades also allow volunteers to park in a safe space instead of on the busy highway.
“It’s great to see the positive impact the upgrades have made for the community, our SES volunteers and the Huntly facility,” Chesters said.
The SES received $2,886 through Round 4 of Stronger Communities Programme and are one of 13 Central Victorian organisations who have received a total of $150,000.
SES Grants Officer, Sharon Miller says the upgrade is a huge boost for the community.
“We hope there is greater peace of mind in the local area because they know that help is there when needed and response times are now quicker,” said
“As the population grows in the Huntly area (105% growth by 2036), fast response by the SES will become even more necessary.
“Moral is also improved for the Volunteers utilising the facilities, as they know that they can now get in and out quickly. They are also now able to park their vehicles on the shed grounds and not on the busy highway, thus keeping SES Members and their property safe,” Ms Miller said.
Round 5 of the Stronger Communities Programme is now open. Please contact Lisa Chesters office for more information on 5443 9055.