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Euroa Unit's new home officially opened

Published 11/09/2012

A new, state-of-the-art headquarters for Victoria State Emergency Service's (SES) Euroa Unit was officially opened on Saturday.

The facility will give the unit a major boost in its ability to provide emergency assistance to the Strathbogie region.

Representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan, Member for Benalla Bill Sykes officially opened the new $476,000 facility, which offers vastly improved conditions for the unit’s 34 dedicated volunteers.

“The new modern building is three times the size of its previous facility at Euroa and will provide a smoother and safer response to a range of emergencies,” Mr Sykes said.

“Euroa was a crucial SES unit in response to flooding across the north east during the past two years, as well as regularly providing resources for road crash rescue, storm and land search and rescue.

The new building includes a dedicated operation room, management and training facilities, a kitchen and ample storage space for the unit’s four vehicle fleet and a variety of rescue equipment.

“Many of Euroa’s SES members have a long history of service to the local community and this new building is recognition of the vital role that volunteers play in the Strathbogie region,” Mr Sykes said.

The cost of the new facility has been shared between the Victorian Government, Commonwealth Government, Strathbogie Shire Council and Euroa SES unit.

The community has also provided in-kind contributions worth $45,600, with voluntary labour provided by Euroa SES and project management by Strathbogie Shire Council.

Mr Ryan said local volunteer agencies such as Euroa SES were the backbone of Victoria’s emergency service response.

“The State Government recognises the important role emergency services volunteers play, and will continue to support their selfless and essential contribution in responding to emergencies throughout Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.

“SES has 5,500 dedicated volunteers who between them delivered more than 135,000 volunteer hours across Victoria last year alone.

“These modern facilities will hopefully attract new volunteers to Euroa SES, to learn from its dedicated and experienced members, some who have been with the unit for as long as 45 years.”