Napthine Government commits $2.8 million for new SES unit in Chelsea

  • A re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will fund construction of a new $2.8 million Chelsea SES Unit
  • The investment will boost emergency response capabilities for Mordialloc
  • Napthine Coalition Government building a better and safer bay

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells and Member for Mordialloc Lorraine Wreford today announced a re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will fund a new $2.8 million SES Unit in Chelsea, boosting emergency response capabilities for the bayside.

Mr Wells said the multi-million dollar commitment by a re-elected Coalition Government was vital to ensure the region’s emergency services could grow to meet community needs.

“The Napthine Government is building a better and safer Victoria to ensure Chelsea and surrounding areas are better protected than ever before,” Mr Wells said.

“The Member for Mordialloc Lorraine Wreford has worked tirelessly to make this commitment a reality for the hardworking SES volunteers in Chelsea, who have outgrown their current facility and provide a critical service for the local community.

“This funding will ensure Chelsea SES has the latest tools and facilities they need to better protect the local community.”

Ms Wreford welcomed the announcement which would see the Chelsea SES Unit relocate from Bonbeach to Aspendale.

“The Coalition Government has been working with the SES and Kingston Council to secure a suitable site, with land identified on the corner of the Nepean Highway and Station Street in Aspendale,” Ms Wreford said.

“Only a re-elected Coalition will help secure Chelsea SES Unit with a new home and stateof-the-art facilities that will help to increase community safety along the bay.”

Ms Wreford said the SES Unit’s 53 volunteers attend around 450 callouts each year.

“Moving to a new site will create an emergency services hub for Chelsea and surrounding areas and better accommodate our volunteers who regularly assist the local community during storms and floods, road rescues and other emergencies,” Ms Wreford said.

“This funding will enhance the collaboration and coordination between the SES and other emergency services during emergencies and further enhance community protection for the Mordialloc electorate.

Ms Wreford said today’s commitment built on the significant investments the Coalition Government had delivered to increase frontline emergency services in Mordialloc, including $1 million towards the upgrade of the Mordialloc Surf Life Saving Club and the recent commitment of $1 million for Edithvale Surf Life Saving Club as part of a re-elected Coalition’s Better Bay Plan.

Mr Wells said emergency services volunteers are the backbone of Victoria’s emergency response and the Coalition Government was proud to support the work they do to keep Victorians safe.

“This financial year, the SES Budget is more than $50 million, and has increased every year since we came to office,” Mr Wells said.

“Only a Coalition Government will ensure our emergency services are equipped with the tools and resources they need to enhance their own personal safety and better protect Victorians.”

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