New emer­gency base for city

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Porirua City Coun­cil has spent $1.5 mil­lion on a new prop­erty for the city’s emer­gency op­er­a­tions cen­tre.

Bought at auc­tion on Thurs­day, the ‘‘ modern in­dus­trial’’ 551 square me­tre ware­house in Raiha St came with an ad­di­tional 300sqm of­fice space and 1800sqm yard.

Fit-out costs, es­ti­mated to be up to $250k, will be needed and the build­ing will be used for train­ing and to store emer­gency sup­plies.

The coun­cil may po­ten­tially lease space to other emer­gency or­gan­i­sa­tions for stor­age, a spokesper­son said.

The emer­gency cen­tre was housed in a cen­tral city build­ing in a tsunami danger area, but the coun­cil shifted the base to a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion af­ter Novem­ber’s earth­quake and floods.

It ap­proved ex­pen­di­ture up to $1.5 mil­lion for the pur­chase at its first meet­ing on Novem­ber 30.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Wendy Walker said the coun­cil had a statu­tory obli­ga­tion un­der the Civil De­fence Emer­gency Man­age­ment Act 2002 to main­tain, staff and op­er­ate an emer­gency op­er­a­tions cen­tre ca­pa­ble of re­spond­ing to ma­jor emer­gency events.

‘‘The land [the Raiha St build­ing] stands on has low risk of nat­u­ral haz­ards such as liq­ue­fac­tion, ground shak­ing, flood­ing and tsunami and the site has been fully en­dorsed by the Welling­ton Re­gion Emer­gency Man­age­ment Of­fice.

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