Funding boost to improve SES safety
THE Cannonvale State Emergency Service (SES) will receive $16,280 in grant funding for the 2014-15 financial year from the Whitsunday Regional Council to improve safety of the SES shed.
Whitsunday SES local controller Mark Connors said council had always supported the work of local SES volunteers.
“Our aim is to increase the capacity of the Cannonvale shed so we can build the number of SES volunteers servicing the Cannonvale region,” he said.
“We have already built a training room and the funding will enhance the safety of the shed by improving the stairwell to the mezzanine level and installing hand rails.”
Mayor Whitney said the funding was welcomed by SES volunteers who generously give up their time to help the Whitsunday community.
She said funding would also be used to complete an airconditioned kitchenette and give the shed a new coat of paint. “This will improve the sheds safe working order so these volunteers can continue to deliver for the community,” she said.
“The local SES volunteers do a fantastic job helping to keep our local community safe, especially in disaster events.”
Mayor Whitney said the Whitsunday region had already experienced two disaster events this year and praised SES for their invaluable time and energy spent alerting the public to potential threats and responding to calls for assistance. “It’s great the state and local governments can give back to these volunteers by improving their SES shed,” she said.
“It is an acknowledgement of the important role the SES plays in disaster and emergency management in the Whitsunday community.”
The SES non-recurrent subsidy program is funded 75 per cent by the Queensland Government ($12,210) and 25 per cent by the Whitsunday Regional Council ($4070).
STEP FORWARD: Cannonvale SES volunteers Lika Sabauri and Kirby Lee Que are looking forward to the $16,280 upgrade to accomodate for more volunteers and improve the safety of the SES shed.