The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Emerald Unit opened its doors this afternoon, hosting a Community Day where members of the public and volunteers came together to discuss plans for the unit’s new facility at 277-287 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald.

Member for Monbulk James Merlino thanked volunteers for their countless hours and tireless efforts in keeping the community safe and discussed the design of the new fit-for-purpose facility.

The Andrew Labor Government has invested $54 million in SES capital works in the last three years, part of its commitment to supporting emergency services and ensuring they have the right equipment and resources to keep all Victorians safe.

With five motor bays, internal and external areas for training and operations, turnout area, communications room, office areas, a well-being space, laundry and kitchen, the new facility will have enough space to accommodate the unit’s operational requirements and will also allow for future growth in members and response activities.

The current SES Emerald Unit facility, which has served the community for more than 40 years, is in very poor condition and is not large enough to support the range of important services that these volunteers provide.

The Emerald Unit is one of the busiest in Victoria, with an average of 900 calls for assistance every year and more than 60 volunteers.

The operational capacity of the SES Emerald Unit will not be disrupted during the construction of their new facility. The unit will continue to operate from its existing facility on Old Gembrook Road until the commissioning of the new facility.

The project is set to be completed in late 2020.

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino

“The Emerald SES Unit is doing a fantastic job now, but with 40-year-old facilities, it’s vital that they have the modern resources to meet their growing needs—and that’s exactly what we’re delivering.”

“With the Cardinia Shire community set to more than double by 2030, it’s crucial that government plans for this growth today to ensure that it is orderly, sustainable and planned appropriately.”

“Our SES volunteers deserve as much praise as they can get and it’s great to see the community turn out today to support this important project and thank them for everything they’ve done.”

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