Bush Search and Rescue receives funding from various sources, including government grants and private donations, which are used to cover its administration, training, equipment and operational expenses. As members provide their own bushwalking equipment, equipment purchases are mainly for specialist items, such as stretchers, highly visible pack covers, “Bushwhacker” skis and, most recently, GPS units.
The majority of funds come from the Victorian Government department, Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV), in the form of an annual grant to Bushwalking Victoria. Special purpose grants are also received from SRV from time to time for items, such as the publication of BSAR manuals. In 2001, a grant from the Federal Government to acknowledge the role of volunteers enabled the purchase of 12 GPS units.
The families, friends and colleagues of missing persons for whom we have helped search, have from time to time made very generous and unsolicited donations. Corporate donations have also been received. These donations have been used for the purchase of specialist equipment, such as pack covers and Skeds.
BSAR is grateful to the individuals and organisations that have made donations.
Bushwhacker skis and Skeds were purchased through a generous donation from BP Australia
Updated 16 Feb 2011