Emergency Services Minister (and former Tenterfield police officer) Troy Grant and MP Thomas George were in the area on Friday, September 8 to officially open upgraded NSW SES (State Emergency Service) headquarters at both Tabulam and Kyogle, also presenting the latter with a new Heavy Storm Vehicle.
More than $310,000 has been invested in the renovated facilities, with the upgrades significantly boosting operating conditions for local volunteers. Kyogle’s new $300,000 emergency response vehicle is part of the $46 million operational fleet renewal.
Mr Grant said NSW SES volunteers deserve the best resources available to support their vital work.
“I am delighted to see the finished projects and to hear about how the local SES Units plan to expand in years to come.
“Our volunteers do the heavy lifting in emergencies. They risk life and limb to help those in need, and their capability is enhanced by modern facilities and state-of-the-art vehicles such as these.
“It is a pleasure to visit local SES Units, to meet volunteers and thank them for their service. Opening these new facilities is a real highlight.
The Tabulam Unit renovation converted a parking bay into a training room, added a controller’s office and modernised the unit’s interior.
Mr George thanked the minister for officially opening the SES units.
“This is Minister Grant’s fourth visit to the Northern Rivers since the floods earlier this year,” he said.
“He said the NSW Government wouldn’t walk away from the region and today is proof that we haven’t. The assistance, both federal and state, that we continue to receive has made an enormous difference to the ongoing recovery efforts.
“These new facilities will allow the volunteers to train more efficiently, therefore enabling them to provide an even stronger response to future storm and flood emergencies.”
During the past 12 months alone the NSW SES Tabulam Unit has responded to 30 calls for help from the community.