$2 mil tender for new Bunya SES hub

Moreton Bay Regional Council has awarded a $2 million tender for the construction of the new SES depot at Bunya.

Local Disaster Management Group Deputy Chair and Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance made the announcement today, and said the project includes the construction of a new 390m2 administration centre and training facility at James Drysdale Reserve, Bunya, and increased storage for emergency vehicles.

“This new facility will improve response capabilities to our local community and support the development and growth of our SES volunteers,” Cr Constance said.

“In times of severe weather, search and rescues or major events it’s often our hardworking SES volunteers who are the first on scene assisting our community and emergency services.

“The new depot and admin centre will provide our SES volunteers with new training and equipment storage facilities, and bring them up-to-speed with the latest in disaster management technology & practices.

The building replaces the old SES depot, which was a two-storey home built in 1989.

“I’ve been working closely with local SES to make sure its design can accommodate the group’s growth. It’s a great result for our community and for our local SES volunteers.”

The Arana Hills SES group currently has 60 volunteers and services communities from The Hills District in the south to Mount Glorious in the west and Kobble Creek in the north.

Moreton Bay SES Local Controller Henk van den Ende welcomed the announcement.

“During a disaster the Arana Hills SES group responds to various calls for assistance including sandbagging, structural damage to roofs and clearing fallen trees,” Mr van den Ende said.

“New purpose-built facilities and amenities will help streamline our response process, and ensure that our crews and vehicles can spend more time helping those in our community.”

The new facility is a joint initiative of Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Queensland Government.

Cr Constance acknowledged the state government’s $1 million contribution towards the project through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.

Construction is expected to commence early June 2018, and be complete by mid-2019, weather permitting.

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