McIvor Times



Heathcote SES Volunteers thrilled with grant funds.

Community Bank Heathcote & District will return a total of $24,259 to Heathcote and surroundin­g districts with the announceme­nt of their 2021 Community Grants program recipients.

Branch Manager Michael Prowse said that the Community Bank was thrilled to be able to return such a large sum to the local community this year and spoke about the power of Community Banking.

“The only reason that we have these funds available is because of our loyal customer base. It really is as simple as the more people we have banking with us, the more funds we will have available for projects such as these.” Mr. Prowse said.

This year’s program sees the Heathcote SES receive funding for two projects:

- Their ‘Emergency Response Computer Upgrade’ project will receive $14,822.

This project will enable the Heathcote SES Unit to purchase up-to-date computer technology for use by their volunteers when responding to requests for assistance from the community, providing real-time safety and technical informatio­n and improved communicat­ion between crews and control roles. It will also be used at their Local Head Quarters in the event of a major emergency when an Incident Control Point is establishe­d as well as for facilitati­ng online individual and group training opportunit­ies for all volunteers.

The response area that the Heathcote Unit covers is approximat­ely 1,545 square kilometres, and shares neighbouri­ng boundaries with Rushworth, Seymour, Kilmore, Castlemain­e, Bendigo and Rochester Units.

- Their second project, ‘Project Illuminati­on’, will receive $9,437.

With SES call-outs happening at night, head lamps and hand held torches are critical pieces of personal protective equipment for each volunteer. This project will ensure that each current member (plus spares for new members in 2022) will be equipped with a quality head lamp for their helmet, allowing night time illuminati­on of their personal work space and visibility of them (safety).

The project also includes a quantity of hand held torches which will be stored in each vehicle - critical for searches, road crash rescues, etc.

Heathcote SES Unit Controller Darren O’Connor said the Unit were thrilled to hear of their success.

“The group messaging we use lit up with excitement, it was truly a feel good day!”

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On behalf of Heathcote SES, and the people that we help, thank you so much to the Community Bank for recognisin­g the role SES plays. Your generosity will greatly improve the training capabiliti­es, response and safety for us volunteers.”

Heathcote SES recently presented their projects at an online ‘Pitch the Community’ session, which was attended by over 20 members of the community. After the event the community was able to vote for their favourite project with the Emergency Response Computer Upgrade project being the lucky recipients of the $250 ‘People’s Choice’ awards with over 250 votes.

Mr. Prowse thanked the community for their involvemen­t in this year’s Community Grants program and encouraged anyone looking to PDNH D GL൵HUHQFH LQ WKH FRPPXQLW\ WR SRS LQ DQG GLVFXVV WKHLU EDQNLQJ ZLWK RQH RI WKH WHDP

Community Bank Heathcote & District is located at Shop 2/119 and is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. They can be contacted on (03) 5433 3115.

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