Volunteer emergency services equipment program
Mr HOWARD — I am delighted that the Andrews Labor government is continuing to support the volunteer emergency services equipment program, otherwise known as VESEP, which was initiated by the Bracks government. In this last round of funding five Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigades in the Buninyong electorate will share in over $98,000 worth of support. These include: Elaine CFA, which will gain $44, 133; Meredith CFA, which will receive $35,407; and Smythesdale, Ballarat and Maude CFAs, which will gain between $1,900 and $10,000 to upgrade their facilities and equipment. This support will be greatly appreciated by these brigades and the communities they support, and I congratulate the brigades on their great work.