MEMBERS STATEMENT: VICTORIA STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE WYNDHAM WEST UNIT
Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:43:58): I rise to update the house on my recent visit to the Wyndham West SES unit in my electorate of Werribee. It was a pleasure to be joined by the hardworking members of the Wyndham Vale CFA, who work very closely with the Wyndham SES. The afternoon was a great opportunity to not only acknowledge the funding support of government but reflect on the selfless contribution of our local emergency service volunteers. These volunteers are servicing an ever-increasing population in Wyndham. The life-saving work of these 64 dedicated volunteers is no mean feat. I am constantly amazed by the tireless contribution of volunteers like unit controller Laurie Russell, who has been serving our community as an SES volunteer for more than 50 years. I was proud to hand over to Laurie the keys to five new state-of-the-art appliances that will boost the capacity of local SES volunteers. Funded through the emergency services grants program, this $125 000 investment in equipment by the Andrews Labor government includes a new Ford Ranger. This will help local volunteers better respond to calls for help across Wyndham. I thank and commend all the volunteers for their tireless dedication to Wyndham and to the Wyndham West SES and for their invaluable service to the community.