Budget boost for Wonthaggi SES volunteers
The Victorian Budget 2018/19 has allocated $2 million for Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) to acquire new land for the Wonthaggi unit.
The funding will enable members to move away from their existing base, which currently struggles to attract new volunteers due to its poor condition.
VICSES will now work with the Wonthaggi volunteers to find an appropriate site for a new unit headquarters while design work begins for the new facility.
Wonthaggi SES currently has 18 volunteers. It responded to 66 incidents in the 2016-17 financial year, including floods, road rescues, damaged buildings and fallen trees.
The Budget allocates more than $43 million towards upgrading and building new VICSES, Country Fire Authority and Life Saving Victoria facilities.
Other funded VICSES projects include funding for new land for Cobram SES, as well as a major upgrade to Essendon SES’ existing home.