$1.8m SES building works to start
Construction of the new Geraldton-Greenough State Emergency Service building near the airport is expected to start this month.
During the September City of Greater Geraldton council meeting, councillors awarded the project contract to Geraldton Building Services and Cabinets.
The $1.8 million project will see the facility constructed at Lot 200 Aeromedical Road, co-locating the SES with an emergency response centre and the Moonyoonooka Fire Brigade.
Cr Lewis Freer, who put forward the motion, said the new location would allow the SES to work alongside the other emergency services.
“I do believe consolidating the emergency services will be a good benefit to the community,” he said.
“If required, the SES will be better prepared than ever.”
The project will be fully funded by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, with the City providing the land.
Once constructed, the ongoing operation and maintenance of the building will be funded by the State Government’s Emergency Services Levy.
Mayor Shane Van Styn said the Government had initially offered to provide 50 per cent of the funding, but the City declined the offer.
“This is a great example of pushing back against the State Government,” he said.
“Initially, they said we’d have to meet half of the costs but they finally buckled and agreed to fund it 100 per cent.
“That saved us some $440,000.” According to briefing notes, if the SES moves out of the facility in the future, the building will revert to the City.
The contract was offered as a sixmonth lump-sum building contract.