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New VICSES Emerald base receives tick of approval

New VICSES Emerald base receives tick of approval

Construction of a new fit-for-purpose facility to support the dedicated Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Emerald members is set to commence in early 2020.

VICSES Emerald has been at the forefront of keeping the community safe and it is crucial they have the very best facilities to enable an expansion of local services and to support the retention and recruitment of new volunteers.

The new facility at 277-287 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald will have five motor bays, internal and external areas for training and operations, turnout area, a communications room, office areas, a well-being space, laundry and kitchen. The new facility will offer enough space to accommodate the unit’s operational requirements and will also allow for future growth in members and response activities.

The planning permit for the new facility has been approved by Cardinia Shire Council and the detailed design is currently being finalised, which means the contract for building services can now be procured. This contract is expected to be awarded in early 2020.

Construction is scheduled to commence in mid-2020 and conclude in late 2020, with the new fit-for-purpose facility to be handed over to the unit after commissioning in early 2021.