Twenty-two weeks and counting...
After four years of planning and almost $1 million, Lismore SES unit controller Lindsay Matterson was over the moon this week when work on the new SES headquarters finally began.
I was here when the sod was turned earlier this year but this is 100 times better, Lindsay said. Twenty two weeks and well be in our new headquarters. Unbelievable.
The biggest advantage of the new, purpose-built headquarters in Brunswick Street is it will be flood-free and easy to access, unlike their current location in the Lismore CBD, which floods easily and means members have to deal with gridlock traffic when trying to respond quickly in emergencies.
Lindsay said the new facility, due to open in April next year, was designed by a local member and included state-of-the-art facilities.
Weve picked the eyes of all the important features in units throughout the state and tried to incorporate them, Lindsay said.
Lismore mayor Merv King said the location for the centre was ideal as it would become an emergency-service precinct with the Rescue Helicopter base opposite, a Lismore Council depot nearby and the river a short distance away, enabling rescue boats to be launched during floods.
Cr King said Council would now look at selling off an adjacent block of land it owned to recoup costs. He said the old SES building in Magellan Street would likely to be refurbished for community use.