SES open the doors on upgrade

Bellarine MP Lisa Neville meets with SES volunteers and community members.


BELLARINE SES opened its doors this month to celebrate the recent upgrades to its Grubb Road headquarters.
Unit Controller Dion Henderson was pleased with the turnout and relished the chance to show off the newly-upgraded facility.
“The open day was a great opportunity for locals to see what the SES does and meet the volunteers who are keeping our community safe,” he said.
Mr Henderson thanked the community for their ongoing support.
“It is because of this support we are able to improve these facilities and keep up with the needs of the growing Bellarine community” he said.
“We help locals in time of flood, storm and other emergencies. None of us are paid – we do it because we’re passionate to help in times of strife.
Activities on the open day included guided tours, equipment demonstrations, live music and a visit from SES mascot Paddy Platypus.
Bellarine MP Lisa Neville officially opened the newly-refurbish headquarters. Joining her were council members and SES chief executive Stephen Griffin.
A recent $150,000 grant from the State Government, along with a significant contribution from the local community, allowed the Bellarine unit to perform upgrades.
Mr Henderson said the upgrades would allow SES members to respond much more quickly to local emergencies.
“We know that people who are properly prepared for emergencies suffer less and bounce back more quickly.”
The upgrades include a new training room and additional vehicle and storage spaces.