Council ploughs money into SES headquarters

Lismore City Council will provide an additional $126,000 for the new SES headquarters and Browns Creek Pump Station after Richmond River County Council informed Council last week that costs had blown out.

Council had already donated land opposite the Rescue Helicopter in Brunswick Street and spent $190,000 on the SES headquarters, plus an additional $55,000 on building a new driveway for a neighbour a cost that wasnt initially anticipated.

Of the newly allocated $126,000, Council will spend $83,300 on the SES headquarters and $42,700 to upgrade the Browns Creek Pump Station. Last years July flood demonstrated that the pump station was not able to pump out floodwater in a timely manner and as a result the pumps were refurbished.

The extra funding allocation for both projects was approved by councillors on the understanding that the Department of Natural Resources would help fund the additional costs on a 2:1 Department to Council ratio.

Whilst agreeing to cough up the extra funds, Council has resolved to inform Richmond River County Council that it will not fund any other unforeseen costs associated with the new SES headquarters. Council will also now investigate the possibility of subdividing the new SES site, something it envisaged right from the word go, to offset some of the costs incurred.

A report on the options for subdivision is now being prepared.

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