Geelong Unit Headquarters Officially Opens
The Geelong SES Unit’s state-of-the-art new headquarters was officially opened on Wednesday March 21.
Geelong SES Unit Controller David Vigar was handed the key’s to the unit’s new home by Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan at an official opening attended by SES Volunteers, CEO Mary Barry, SES Regional Manager Mark Keily, representatives from other emergency service organisations, and the Greater Geelong City Council.
The new premises are a $1.6 million development at 4 Wood Street, South Geelong, and were completed in November 2011. It is a significant improvement for the unit, who have relocated from a leased depot at Moolap.
The new headquarters offers over 60 per cent more space to the unit, and features a kitchen, dedicated operation room, training room, management office and undercover storage for fleet and equipment.
SES CEO Mary Barry said the facility’s central location would benefit Geelong Volunteers and that increased training capabilities, along with a growing volunteer base, would provide positive impacts for the local community.
“Open days, such as the one already held in November, will also provide the platform for our volunteers to engage with members of the public and bring local communities together,” she said.
“This terrific building was achieved through a significant partnership between VICSES, the State Government and the Department of Sustainability and Environment and Greater Geelong City Council.”
“On behalf of the VICSES Board and Executive I would like to congratulate and thank everyone involved in the development of this great new unit.”
The Geelong SES Unit includes 29 volunteers, who have received 400 requests for assistance since reopening. They most recently deployed two taskforces to assist with the recent North East flood operations.