Member for Bellarine, and Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water , Lisa Neville today joined members of the Bellarine SES to inspect the upgrade and extension works currently being undertaken to the SES Headquarters in Grubb Road, Drysdale.

The works include the construction of a new shed to house emergency vehicles, trailers and boats together with the refurbishment of the current building to increase and improve training facilities.

Ms Neville said that “these important works are a result of a fulfilled $100,000 election commitment of the Andrews Government, although funding has now increased by an additional $50,000 to ensure the needs of the SES are met.”

“As the local Member I fully understand the importance of the SES to the community in times of an emergency or disaster and as such I have been pleased to work with the Bellarine SES in getting these works approved and now under way.”

“And the upgrade will not only benefit the SES but also the wider community”, she said.

“For example, the increased training facility will allow the SES to expand their community resilience training”.

“This vital training allows the SES to equip individuals and community organisations with important skills when confronted with an emergency situation”, Ms Neville explained.

“And in addition the training room doubles as the Emergency Control Room Centre in the event of an emergency”, she added.

“So I am very pleased to be here today in support of our SES and I look forward to the completion of the works over the coming months” Ms Neville concluded.

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