Powell Media Release – LNP to create dedicated fund for emergency volunteers

26 June 2017

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, is thrilled that an LNP led Government will establish a dedicated $10 million Emergency Volunteers Fund to support the hardworking Queenslanders who in turn support us in times of emergency.

Mr Powell said our hardworking volunteer organisations received some government assistance, but relied heavily on community support and generosity to provide vital emergency services for our state.

“When the LNP was in government, we appointed a dedicated Assistant Minister for Emergency Volunteers in recognition of their important and unique role in Queensland. The LNP values the critical role volunteers play in helping Queenslanders cope with emergencies.”

“Under this policy, volunteer organisations such as SES, Volunteer Marine Rescue, Rural Fire Service and Surf Lifesaving will receive grants for vital equipment and supplies to improve local community resilience and maintain or increase capacity.”

“These dedicated grants will help provide greater funding certainty to our hardworking emergency service organisations,” Mr Powell said.

Organisations like the State Emergency Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue, Rural Fire Service Queensland, Surf Life Saving Queensland, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and St John Ambulance Queensland rely on donations and local fundraising to purchase new equipment and upgrade local facilities. Mr Powell said thousands of emergency service volunteers give up time with family and friends to help Queenslanders and the least we can do is ensure their lives and ours are protected by investing in the best possible equipment.

The fund will be rolled out over three years and consists of two key elements:

  • Equipment Upgrade and Replacement ($6.8 million over three years)
  • 200 x $25,000 grants under the Major Equipment fund over 5 funding rounds, and
  • 360 x $5,000 grants under the Minor Equipment fund over 5 funding rounds.
  • Build Capacity and Improve Resilience ($3.2 million over three years)
  • 40 x $50,000 grants under the Minor Improvements Fund over 3 funding rounds, and
  • 12 x $100,000 grants under the Major Improvements Fund over 3 funding rounds

“These investments will benefit residents through quicker responses to emergency events and help people in their time of need,” Mr Powell concluded.

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Ends 26 June 2017