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ses search and rescueThe ACT government has announced $2.7 million in funding for a new purpose-built State Emergency Service station in Tuggeranong.

Announcing the money as part of the government’s upcoming budget, Emergency Services Minister Simon Corbell said the station would better equip the territory’s volunteers to respond to extreme weather events.

“The SES is one of our busiest volunteer services and increasingly they’re dealing with more and more extreme storm and flood events,” he said.

“[The station] will allow them to base themselves in the heart of Tuggeranong Valley, closer to the community they’re serving and importantly provide them with modern facilities.”

He said the station would act as a base for emergency responses, support for community events and community education about natural hazards.

SES chief officer Conrad Barr praised the location of the new building, strategically located in the Tuggeranong Valley and near lakes and waterways.

He said the new facility would house four-wheel-drives, specialist storm response equipment and a flood rescue boat.

“This will be the first purpose-built State Emergency Service facility in the ACT for a very long time so it’s a great thing for the Tuggeranong community, great thing for our volunteers,” he said.

“[The government’s] recognising the fantastic value that SES volunteers commit to our community. There are thousands upon thousands of hours contributed for free, through the goodness and motivation of the hearts of our volunteers and the government’s encouraging and supporting [that].”

Member for Brindabella Mick Gentleman said it was important to him to see grassroots input into the station’s planning right from the beginning.

“It’s exciting to have it coming to South Tuggeranong, and exciting to have the first planned SES unit down here in Calwell,” he said.

It’s hoped the new facilities will encourage more volunteers into the service.To read more click here.

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air will be held next week at the Jupiters Gold Coast on the 1 June 2016.

CLICK HERE to view the Conference Program with an impressive line up of keynote speakers and targeted forums it makes this the premier conference to attend in the Oceania region.

To register for the conference CLICK HERE.

The Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air follows the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference which will also be held at Jupiters Gold Coast on 30 – 31 May.

The two Conferences have come together to form a partnership by aligning the dates of the events, offering the two industries the most significant Conferences on the 2016 calendar.

The two events offer an extensive program incorporating over 120 industry speakers, an all-encompassing exhibition and networking opportunities across the 3 days.

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