Marlborough SES shed opens doors
LIVINGSTONE Shire Council officially opened a new SES shed on today to ensure the Marlborough staff have a purpose built facility to work from during times of need.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the SES provides an invaluable service to the community by assisting people in a variety of situations, from motor vehicle accidents to natural disasters, floods, search and rescue and community education.
"It's vitally important that our SES volunteers have up to date facilities and equipment to enable them to effectively carry out their important role in the community," Cr Ludwig said.
"Cyclone Marcia was a classic example of the critical role our SES play in major events to assist in keeping our community safe and in helping the community and Council in the recovery phase when disasters occur. In our times of greatest need these volunteers provide a service to the community that is nothing short of outstanding.
"In particular, we are all extremely grateful for the service that the Marlborough SES unit provides in being first responders to road crash incidents on the Bruce Highway."
Cr Graham Scott said Council's commitment to supporting the SES included contributing more than $200,000 towards construction of the purpose built facility.
"The new shed has been around 12 months in construction and is a great new building for Marlborough, including an operations room, two vehicle bays and a training area to further support the ongoing training of volunteers and protection of SES equipment," Cr Scott said.
"These Modern facilities will support Marlborough SES volunteers in day to day rescue functions including primary road crash responses."