NEW FACILITIES AT TABULAM AND KYOGLE FOR SES VOLUNTEERS
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and Member for Lismore Thomas George yesterday officially opened the upgraded NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) Tabulam and Kyogle Unit Headquarters and presented the Kyogle Unit with a new Heavy Storm Vehicle.
More than $310,000 has been invested in the renovated facilities and the upgrades will significantly boost operating conditions for local volunteers. The new $300,000 emergency response vehicle is part of the $46 million Operational Fleet renewal.
Mr Grant said NSW SES volunteers deserve the best resources available to support their vital work.
“I am delighted to see the finished projects and to hear about how the local SES Units plan to expand in years to come.
“Our volunteers do the heavy lifting in emergencies. They risk life and limb to help those in need, and their capability is enhanced by modern facilities and state-of-the-art vehicles such as these,” Mr Grant said.
“It is a pleasure to visit local SES Units, to meet volunteers and thank them for their service. Opening these new facilities is a real highlight.
“Without the Kyogle Council, and the generosity of local communities, these projects wouldn’t have gotten off the ground. I acknowledge and thank all those involved for their contributions.”
The Tabulam Unit renovation converted a parking bay into a training room, added a Controller’s office and modernised the Unit’s interior. The Kyogle Unit’s extension has increased the garaging, storage and training spaces as well as upgrading the Unit’s air-conditioning.
Mr George thanked the Minister for officially opening the SES Units.
“This is Minister Grant’s fourth visit to the Northern Rivers since the floods earlier this year. He said the NSW Government wouldn’t walk away from the region and today is proof that we haven’t. The assistance, both federal and state, that we continue to receive has made an enormous difference to the ongoing recovery efforts,” Mr George said.
“These new facilities will allow the volunteers to train more efficiently, therefore enabling them to provide an even stronger response to future storm and flood emergencies,” Mr George said.
During the last 12 months alone, the NSW SES Tabulam Unit has responded to 30 calls for help from the community. The Kyogle Unit has responded to over 70 calls for help, including 18 road crash rescues, eight flood rescues.
Both Units provided invaluable assistance during the flooding that resulted from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie that left a trail of devastation in late March 2017.