Greenfields site possible SES home

THIS greenfields site on the Coramba Road could one day become home to the State Emergency Service’s Coffs Harbour headquarters.

The 4000-square metre parcel of land, bordered by Shepherds and Loaders lanes, has been nominated as the preferred site for the SES’ future base.

This week, heads of the emergency service met with Coffs Harbour City Council directors and councillors to discuss funding options for a new building estimated to cost between $1.5 and $3 million.

“We currently have a renovation under way to improve the existing SES headquarters in Coffs Harbour but our volunteer base now stands at 70 and quite frankly we’ve outgrown the building,” Coffs Harbour City SES local controller Bob White said.

“Our existing headquarters are now more than 30 years old and the fact that the building is located in a one-in-100 year flood footprint is another factor to consider in planning for a new location in the future.”

Under local government legislation, councils are responsible for funding SES facility upgrades.

Council general manager Steve McGrath said the council was in the middle of reviewing its 10-year financial plan and budgeting for a new SES base was just one of many project considerations.

“The council has made it clear to the SES that it appreciates the pressing need for the service to have a larger premises, but the council doesn’t just fund the SES, but a whole range of services and we are in the process of working through the council’s long-term financial planning,” Mr McGrath said.



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