$1.8m SES build­ing works to start

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS - Francesca Mann

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.

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