New SES headquarters to host recruitment day

THE Mackay SES has a new $1.5 million headquarters in Ness Street.

Residents are being invited to check it out this Saturday (March 10) and consider joining the organisation as a volunteer.

Mayor Greg Williamson will officially open the new regional headquarters on Saturday morning, with the official proceedings followed by a recruitment day from 11am to 2pm.

SES local controller Selina Neill said the Mackay Regional Unit, which includes all SES groups in the region, currently had about 200 members.

“We’re always keen to boost those volunteer numbers and this Saturday’s recruitment day is the perfect opportunity for residents to come on down and find out all about the SES,’’ she said.

“We’ll put on a free sausage sizzle and have volunteers on hand to talk to the community and hopefully sign up some new members.

“We’re looking for new members from right throughout the region, so all are welcome to attend.”

Mayor Williamson said the new SES headquarters in Ness Street had been funded by council.

“In the last 18 months, the project got off the ground, including consultation with volunteers regarding building design,’’ he said.

“Plans were drawn, the old building was demolished and then the rebuild began.

“The new facility took around four months to complete, with the contract awarded to local company WHF Construction Pty Ltd.”

Cr Williamson, who is also chair of the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), said the new headquarters was an exceptional facility.

“It serves as administrative hub for the Mackay Regional SES Unit, a training and operations centre for the Mackay SES Group and a training centre for the Mackay Emergency Services cadets,’’ he said.

“The facility is also available for other emergency services to use for training purposes and recently hosted a Queensland Police Service Search and Rescue Field Coordinators course.”