Dis­cus­sions be­gin on new SES head­quar­ters but no timeline yet

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Jas­mine Bam­ford

City of Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett has con­firmed talks have started to de­cide a po­ten­tial site for new SES head­quar­ters.

Although he would not be drawn on the site lo­ca­tion, Mr Bur­nett said the lo­cal DFES re­gional man­ager was in dis­cus­sions with the SES over a po­ten­tial site.

“It’s DFES’ call on where it goes be­cause it’s their shed. The site we’ve dis­cussed seems to be OK from a DFES point of view but we’re hav­ing a talk with SES about it,” he said.

“It’s in their court to go work out whether that’s a suit­able site or not.”

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis yesterday con­firmed money for the fa­cil­ity had been set aside.

“We haven’t said we’re not go­ing to give it to them but it’s up to coun­cil to come up with a plan or a strat­egy that will al­low them to make a fairly small con­tri­bu­tion to site works,” he said.

“I had a num­ber of conver- sa­tions with the for­mer CEO. Ob­vi­ously he has now re­signed, and I am happy to con­tinue the con­ver­sa­tion with a new CEO.

“SES units are prod­ucts of lo­cal gov­ern­ments with the sup­port of the State.”

Mr Bur­nett would not com­ment on a timeline for the pro­ject or when it was ex­pected to come back to coun­cil.

Re­sults of the Gold­fields’ kan­ga­roo sur­vey were ques­tioned by pas­toral­ists and shoot­ers.

Don Bur­nett

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