CFA volunteers are still waiting
Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said local CFA volunteers were still waiting to find out whether they had been successful for grants, almost six months after they applied.
Applications for round two of the Victorian Government’s Enhancing Volunteerism grants program (EVGP) closed on June 20, but brigades have still not been given an outcome on their applications.
Ms Ryan is calling on the government to release application outcomes so that brigades have some certainty.
‘‘We just need a yes or a no,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘Brigades put a lot of time and effort into grant applications and they shouldn’t have to wait half a year to find out whether their application is successful.
‘‘Some brigades have simply assumed they missed out but no-one has bothered to tell them.’’
Ms Ryan said one brigade received notification that a decision on the grants was being postponed until after the state election.
‘‘Given round one of the grants program had a turnaround time of only three months, I would have expected an announcement well ahead of the recent state election,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘It is time for the government to hurry this process along and advise brigades on whether or not they have been successful.’’