Construction will soon begin on a new purpose-built NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Unit headquarters at Moss Vale after the first sod was turned on the site today.
The new facility, which is jointly funded by the NSW Government and Wingeecarribee Shire Council, will provide the Unit with increased storage capacity and additional parking, and will be fitted with high-quality operational amenities, including communications equipment.
Once complete the building will also accommodate rescue vehicles and specialist equipment, as well as provide training space for volunteers.
A tender for the works was awarded to Puch Building & Constructions Pty Ltd, and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
In 2022, the Moss Vale Unit responded to 645 storm and flood related requests for assistance, during what was the busiest year on record for the NSW SES. The volunteers also responded to 160 rescue-related incidents, including 48 road crash rescues and 74 land-based rescues.
The new NSW SES headquarters will share the site on Bowman Road, Moss Vale, with a new Wingecarribee Shire Animal Shelter.
Quotes to be attributed to Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib
“We are proud to partner with the Council to support this project and contribute $1.5 million to this fantastic new SES Unit headquarters.”
“This will enable NSW SES volunteers to better serve their community by providing them with the facilities they need.”
“This important training and rescue facility will allow volunteers to better serve and assist the community in their time of need.”
Quotes to be attributed to NSW SES Deputy Commissioner Damien Johnston
“Our new infrastructure program is a real step forward for the NSW SES. The Moss Vale Unit headquarters is a state-of-the-art design which our future buildings will be based upon.”
“It ensures our SES Members have the facilities they require and enables them to better support their local communities when they need our assistance.”
Quotes to be attributed to Moss Vale SES Unit Commander Nicole Pisano
“The Unit’s 37 volunteer members are excited about the new headquarters.”
“When you give us a new vehicle, or a substantial new facility like this headquarters, that enables us to work better in the field.”
“Our Unit will just go from strength to strength in terms of capability.”
“I wish to thank all the parties who are funding the new SES headquarters for Wingecarribee.”
Quotes to be attributed to Wingecarribee Shire Council Administrator, Viv May
“Together with the NSW Government, we’re delivering a vital piece of infrastructure for our current and future community.”
“Council is demonstrating how much we care about our NSW SES and Animal Shelter volunteers and how they support their local community.”
“This is a significant project for Council which will provide lasting benefits to the community for years to come.”