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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney today inspected the completed $20,000upgrade to the Cannonvale State Emergency Service (SES) shed, made possible through fundingfrom Council and the Queensland Government.
“I was pleased to see the completed refurbishments which make the SES shed safer and morecomfortable for our SES volunteers who give up their valuable time to deliver vital services to our community,” she said.
“The upgrade includes the installation of new handrails on the stairwell to the mezzanine level,improving the safety in the shed.
“The SES volunteers will also benefit from this upgrade which includes an airconditionedkitchenette and a new coat of paint, improving the sheds safe working order, so these volunteerscan continue to deliver for the community.
“We would also like to thank the Airlie Beach Fire Station who donated a $3,000 prefabricatedsteel stairwell to add to the upgrade.
“The local SES volunteers do a fantastic job helping to keep our local community safe, especially in disaster events.
“It’s great the state and local governments can give back to these volunteers by improving theirSES shed, it is an acknowledgement of the important role the SES plays in disaster andemergency management in the Whitsunday community,” she said.
Mark Connors Officer in Charge at Cannonvale SES said as soon as the current response toCyclone Marcia is over and if the weather is kind to us, we will begin a recruitment drive with afocus on the beach area.
“The refurbishment means a more comfortable environment for members to train in,” he said.
“SES members, supported by the Whitsunday Regional Council responded to Rockhampton andLivingston Shires even before the cyclone hit and we still have a presence there.
“It is these kinds of dedicated members we will be seeking in the near future to join our team at the Cannonvale shed.
“Therefore, we are thankful to council, and particularly to Scott Tellegen, the Whitsunday Disaster Management Coordinator for giving us a more presentable headquarters to train and operate out of.”
The SES Non-Recurrent Subsidy Program is funded 75% by the Queensland Governmentand 25% by the Whitsunday Regional Council, this funding was allocated in the 2014-15 financial year.
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