Fund­ing boost to im­prove SES safety

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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