SES is given direct control of facilities
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.”