Funding to Support Local Emergency Volunteers

21 Apr 17

Three local volunteer emergency services organisations are set to receive extra support from the state and federal governments, with today’s announcement of funding under the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker and State Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey today announce that Nambucca District Rescue Association and Trial Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue will receive grants to help recruit and retain volunteers, and the Deervale Rural Fire Service will receive funds for new equipment.

Mr Hartsuyker said Nambucca District Rescue Association would receive $25,000 to assist with recruiting volunteers.

“The funding will support the development of a website and other multimedia strategies aimed at the recruitment of new volunteers to the organisation,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“We need emergency management organisations like the Nambucca District Rescue Association to be strong and sustainable, with enough well-trained and dedicated volunteers to continue protecting and serving the Nambucca Valley in times of emergency.”

This joint Australian Government-NSW Government scheme is a great example of our two Governments working together to deliver real outcomes for regional communities.”

Mrs Pavey announced that Volunteer Marine Rescue at Trial Bay would receive two grants, totaling $28,893.

“Volunteer Marine Rescue at Trial Bay will receive $25,293 to install training equipment at the unit’s new training facility,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Our region offers some of the best fishing and diving anywhere in Australia, so we often have a large number of people out on the water. When problems arise, it is comforting to know the dedicated volunteers of Trial Bay Marine Rescue are well-equipped, well-trained, and standing-by to assist.

“The unit will also receive $3,600 to develop and screen a promotional movie at local cinemas to encourage more locals to volunteer with Marine Rescue.

The Deervale RFS has been allocated $3,380 for equipment acquisition to continue to carry out its vital functions.

The Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments under the Commonwealth-State National Partnership Agreement on National Disaster Resilience, which aims to help communities step up efforts to manage and respond to natural disaster risks.

A number of volunteer emergency management organisations also received funding for statewide projects. A full list of projects supported under the Scheme can be found on the Office of Emergency Management web site at


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