TENTERFIELD TO GET NEW EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CENTRE
Tenterfield Shire Council will soon have a new emergency management center as part of a $400,000 project supported by The Nationals in Government.
Member for Lismore, Thomas George and Nationals candidate for Lismore, Austin Curtin made the announcement today as the Nationals continued their commitment to improving community natural disaster preparedness.
Mr George said the project will modernise and improve emergency response in Tenterfield.
“The existing council chambers will be modernized with new data, communications and IT equipment, to provide a safe emergency management centre during a crisis,” Mr George said.
“The centre will help prevent the difficulties encountered during the emergency management of the 2011 Tenterfield Flood. It is intended the centre will be used for coordination of operations and support the community during an emergency.
“Once finished, the council will be able to more effectively monitor emergencies, coordinate responses from other agencies and put in place safeguards that will reduce risks to people, animals and property,” Mr George said.
Installation of a new generator will provide capacity for emergency services to use the centre at all times, while a telecommunications tower will enhance range and SMS capabilities, which are currently unavailable.
Mr Curtin said the project will be funded 50/50 between the NSW Government and Tenterfield Shire Council.
“This is an important collaboration between local and state government with the main priority being a quick and efficient response to supporting the community in times of fire and flood.
“The need for emergency preparedness can’t be understated, with the need for a rapid response from both government agencies and emergency services vital in limiting the loss of property, homes and lives.
“When a natural disaster strikes you can’t beat local knowledge, that’s why I’m committed to providing the best equipment on the ground to aid emergency services in protecting our community,” Mr Curtin said.
Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the grant was funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.
“More than $50 million in funding is being provided during this current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.
These grants are funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects.