Building works begin for new Eltham SES unit
• Construction work begins on a new $750,000 SES Unit for Eltham
• Improved facilities will provide a permanent base for the Eltham Unit’s 54 SES volunteers
• Victorian Coalition Government building a better and safer Victoria
Construction work has begun on a new $750,000 base for the Eltham SES Unit, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells announced today.
Mr Wells said the new site, positioned next door to the Eltham Bowling Club, would provide Eltham’s 54 volunteers a permanent base.
“The Victorian Coalition Government has contributed $200,000 to the SES for this project, which alongside a further $200,000 from CFA and $350,000 from Nillumbuk Shire Council, has allowed SES to refurbish a former Bowling Club building to suit their purposes,” Mr Wells said.
“The new facility will allow the unit, for the first time, to bring their activities under one roof, with space for emergency vehicles and equipment as well as room for training.”
A new garage complex will house Eltham SES Unit’s five emergency vehicles.
“The unit had previously been operating out of a two-bay garage that had no space for training and insufficient storage, so this new facility will be a vast improvement,” Mr Wells said.
The refurbishment is due to be complete by the end of July.
The Eltham unit covers a large area of Melbourne’s northeast with the nearest SES Units located at Doncaster, Broadmeadows, Kinglake, Lilydale and Healesville.
Nillumbik Shire Council Mayor, Cr Michael Young welcomed the improved SES facility for the local community.
“This facility will be a great asset for the residents of Nillumbik and will improve emergency response capabilities for disasters such as fires, storms and floods,” Mr Young said.
“Volunteers are the backbone of our emergency response. Victoria owes a debt of gratitude to all those who willingly give up their time and efforts in the interests of community protection,” Mr Wells said.