Emergency services receive funding boost from Sustainable Communities Fund

17 October 2013

Emergency services operating in the Moyne Shire have received over $20,000 from Pacific Hydro’s Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund.

The Yambuk Fire Brigade, CFA Belfast Group, Orford Fire Brigade and Port Fairy Marine Service all received essential equipment that will allow them to carry out their work more effectively.  Equipment provided to the groups included top of the line fire hose nozzles, a replacement radio system, a portable water pump and slip-on fire fighting equipment.

“Emergency services provide critical community support so I am very pleased that these groups will receive top of the line equipment to enable them to carry out their work,” said Executive General Manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett.

Other projects that shared in the $50,000 Fund include replacing unsafe seats at St Joseph’s Hall in Yambuk; computer equipment for the Koroit Historical Society to catalogue and restore WW1 photographs and installing a water tank at the Tarrone Recreation Reserve.

“Volunteers are the backbone of regional areas and the community should be proud of the wonderful work being achieved by these groups,” said Mr Crockett.

He also asked community groups who missed out on funding not to be disheartened.

“The Fund Allocation Panel spent considerable time debating which projects should receive funding due to the high calibre of applications. We hope unsuccessful recipients will consider reapplying next year,” said Mr Crockett.

All 16 successful community groups were awarded their funding at a special cheque presentation ceremony today [8/10/2013] at the Yambuk Hall.

“We congratulate the community groups that received funding and extend our thanks to the inaugural Fund Allocation Panel members, which included community members, a council representative and some Pacific Hydro staff, for carefully considering each application and allocating the funds,” said Mr Crockett.

The Codrington/Yambuk Sustainable Communities Fund covers environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational projects and is available each year for the life of the Yambuk and Codrington wind farms’ operation.