The opening of a new SES headquarters in Waverley will boost emergency response capabilities in Melbourne’s outer East.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells today officially opened the new emergency services complex, which he said would increase SES’s capacity to protect the local community.
“This new $70,000 complex will mean SES are better equipped to respond to emergencies and protect the lives and property in Melbourne’s outer-east,” Mr Wells said.
“The base will provide the unit with enhanced facilities for its members so they can better assist the local community deal with storms, floods and other emergencies.”
In addition, the complex features a vehicle compound and storage, extra room for members and an adjacent car park. It also boasts improved training facilities, which will assist the brigade to build stronger links with the community and attract new volunteers.
Mr Wells said the upgraded facility was provided by the City of Monash, with the Waverley SES unit also contributing $30,000 towards the additional fit-out.
“This is a wonderful example of the local community working with government to deliver a significant project which will support the SES and wider community well into the future,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said the Napthine Government is committed to ensuring SES Units have the tools and resources they need to do their work.
“The Victorian Coalition Government recognises the dedication and service of the SES and in the 2014-15 Budget provided a record investment of more than $50 million,” Mr Wells said.
“Their commitment to be available to help 24/7 is typical of our emergency services volunteers who are an integral part of Victoria’s emergency response effort.
“The Coalition Government has also awarded more than $2 million in grants to the SES for additional equipment and resources under the government’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).”
“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting our volunteer emergency services, with a further $12.23 million provided for the 2014-15 VESEP program, matching the record funding the government allocated last year.
“In recognition of the significant contribution by emergency service volunteers, since 2010 the Coalition Government has invested more than $48 million in the VESEP Program.
“We will continue to ensure they have the resources needed to help them carry out their vital work of responding safely and effectively to emergency situations.”
Victoria SES has 4,500 volunteer members across 153 units.