Echuca SES and three district fire brigades have received funds to help with upgrades.July 21, 2014 3:23am
District emergency services groups have received a significant funding boost from the Victorian Government.
Echuca SES and Bamawm Extension, Cohuna and Rochester fire brigades have all benefited.
Bamawm Extension captain George Calleja was ecstatic at news his brigade would be allocated $23,467 for extensions to its fire station.
‘‘It’s great there are grants for fire brigades to be able to do these kinds of things,’’ he said.
Mr Calleja had been concerned the brigade may not be able to adequately react to a situation which might happen in its 12km service area.
He said the money would help create a command centre at the facility on West School Rd, which only has a small meeting room and station room to park the fire trucks.
The brigade applied for the grant in March and were informed of the funding on Friday.
Mr Calleja said the brigade would continue to fundraise to reach its $35,200 target.
Echuca SES deputy controller Bob Callander said $38,669 would enable the crew to move on to stage two of moving into its new premises in the emergency services precinct.
This will include fitting out the kitchen, creating a reception area, installing heating and cooling and fitting out storerooms and changing areas for volunteers.
‘‘The funding will also pay for the comms room to be complete,’’ Mr Callander said.
‘‘It will make the house a home — so to speak.
‘‘The funds will enable us to complete the building, to a level that will allow us to better serve the community of Echuca.’’
Member for Rodney Paul Weller said the government had always given emergency response volunteers high priority.
‘‘I congratulate every member of successful CFA and SES agencies for their commitment to community protection,’’ he said.
Cohuna Fire Brigade received $2795 for a stabfast stabilisation system and Rochester Fire Brigade will receive $45,463 for a field command vehicle.
Today at 8.30pm on SBS television the Insight program casts its eye on Shepparton and asks the question: How do you beat the odds in a place where too many kids drop out of school, and not enough of them find jobs?
The Yarrawonga Pigeons have secured a vital win over Wangaratta Magpies at JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
Murray Dairy has appointed Ross Read from Toolamba West in the extension co-ordinator role.
An Echuca man has pleaded guilty to bashing and kidnapping another man in Moama in August 2013.
Fiona Colenso was shocked last week when Campaspe Shire contractors arrived to fence off her driveway.
The final 25 players have been chosen to represent the Goulburn Valley Football League in their quest to regain the number one football ranking in country Victoria.
A 640 000 bird proposal finally gets the green light from Strathbogie Shire Council.
Record cattle prices were recorded at the Finley Saleyards on Friday
People in rural and remote areas are significantly over-represented in the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Cobram Barooga residents are being encouraged to eat pink this month to support breast cancer research.
The Deniliquin Rodeo Arena was in full swing for the recent Deniliquin Classic Barrel Race.
The Farm Water Program Round 4 Registration of Interest call has reopened to enable irrigators who may have missed the main call another opportunity to participate.
Mark Soyer represented Australia at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in Canada.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.