MEMBER FOR LISMORE WELCOMES INVESTMENT TO FUTURE-PROOF NSW SES
Member for Lismore Thomas George has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to invest in nearly 500 new vehicles, marine vessels and trailers for local SES units to better support local communities in times of floods, storms and other emergencies.
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will deliver $54.6 million over four years for the NSW State Emergency Service’s (NSW SES) fleet program.
“Across the state our volunteers in orange answer the call for assistance at a moment’s notice and we want to ensure they have top notch resources at the ready,” Mr George said.
“Our tireless NSW SES volunteers deserve vehicles and equipment that ensures their lifesaving tasks are performed safely with maximum efficiency and in minimum time.”
Mr George said while the state-wide fleet renewal program will be rolled out across four years, in the Lismore electorate we will see the benefits in the first financial year alone.
Over the course of the next 12 months the electorate will receive:
|Urbenville||Vehicle (Light Rescue)|
|Tenterfield||Vehicle (Light Storm)|
|Lismore||Vehicle (Medium Rescue) Flood-Boat x2 (GEMINI FRB 550)|
|Tabulam||Vehicle (Medium Rescue) Flood-Boat (GEMINI FRB 550)|
|Murwillumbah||Flood-Boat x2 (GEMINI FRB 550)|
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said that the community can feel confident their NSW SES volunteers will remain well-equipped.
“The work of SES volunteers is vital and as a Government we will continue to back them with the tools they need for their important work,” Mr Grant said.
“Our tireless volunteers deserve vehicles and equipment that ensures their lifesaving tasks are performed safely with maximum efficiency and in minimum time.
“As technology advances we can’t afford for our SES volunteers to be left behind. The Government delivered a five-year refresh of the SES fleet and now we’re continuing that investment so SES Units also have state-of-the-art equipment for water rescues.”
From 2012-2017 the NSW Government invested $46 million for the procurement, maintenance and control of the 637 strong SES operational vehicle fleet.
This Operational Fleet Replacement Program will continue to replace SES vehicles and also fund the purchase of equipment inventory, marine vessels and trailers.
The funding will enable the provision of 269 vehicles, 124 marine vessels, and 95 trailers. In 2018-19, 77 vehicles, 37 marine vessels and 30 trailers will be delivered.
The NSW SES last year responded to over 32,000 requests for assistance and performed over 750 flood rescues across the state.