SES is given di­rect con­trol of fa­cil­i­ties

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

THE Kyabram and Rush­worth SES fa­cil­i­ties and land have been trans­ferred to the Vic­to­rian SES for just $1 a pop.

The move will give the Vic­to­rian SES con­trol over the fa­cil­i­ties and land, mean­ing they are free to make changes where they see fit.

Cr Leanne Pen­treath spoke at the Cam­paspe Shire’s most re­cent coun­cil meet­ing in sup­port of the move.

“Coun­cil has no di­rect role in the pro­vi­sion for emer­gency re­sponse ser­vices, so it’s a good thing that we can ac­tu­alise what­ever as­sets we have to de­liver to the other or­gan­i­sa­tions that they’ll ben­e­fit from,” she said.

The move fol­lows other SES land in the shire al­ready be­ing trans­ferred to the Vic­to­rian SES and Cr Neil Pankhurst said this move would “see com­ple­tion” of the chang­ing of hands.

“This is a great out­come for ev­ery­one to have and some­thing that the coun­cil has been work­ing to­wards for a num­ber of years,” Cr Pankhurst said.

“We will see SES man­age their fa­cil­i­ties with­out hav­ing to come through coun­cil, whether it is seek­ing fund­ing to do work or what­ever, it will give them the au­thor­ity to man­age the fa­cil­ity as they see fit.”

Cr Pankhurst said this move doesn’t de­tract from the out­stand­ing work SES units are do­ing through­out the re­gion.

“It ac­knowl­edges coun­cil has no di­rect role in their op­er­a­tions and it gives them the au­ton­omy go­ing for­ward so a good out­come for ev­ery­one I think.”

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