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    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Jack Dempsey

    $2 million Cairns SES HQ Delivered

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Jack Dempsey

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

    $2 million Cairns SES HQ Delivered

    Communities across Far North Queensland are safer and SES volunteers better supported following the opening of the new State Emergency Services (SES) headquarters in Cairns.

    Mr Dempsey said the $2 million upgraded facility would be a bustling headquarters to house the Cairns SES vehicle fleet and assist local SES volunteers. 

    “The Government has a strong plan for a brighter future for all residents from the Cape to Cairns and this new headquarters is part of that plan,” Mr Dempsey said. 

    “The former Member for Cairns allowed SES volunteers to be housed in old classrooms, yet despite the need for an upgrade, Labor did not act. 

    “Labor has no plan for Cairn’s future, unlike the Newman Government which is delivering on our commitment to revitalise frontline services. 

    “The new facility is equipped with three training rooms, multipurpose workshop areas, substantial vehicle storage and state-of-the-art radio and communications and technology.” 

    “Cairns volunteers continually dedicate their time and energy to keeping our communities safe, an example of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

    Member for Cairns Gavin King said the new facility delivered on a key election commitment and delivered better infrastructure for Far North Queensland. 

    “We are supporting the Cairns SES Unit, who cover an area from Woree to Baron River and as far West as Redlynch, as they provide essential support to local communities,” Mr King said.

    “At the election, we committed $1.25 million to the construction and completion of this facility, and we have delivered on that in our first term.

    “Cairns volunteers have already completed more than 5,700 hours of training and activations this year and this facility will benefit them during these activities. 

    “I want to thank all those hardworking local SES volunteers who help families and business across Cairns, particularly during Tropical Cyclone Ita.” 

    Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Lee Johnson said the facility would be integral to supporting future training and operations for local volunteers. 

    “It is always a pleasure to see hardworking emergency services volunteers given a boost with new equipment or facilities, especially considering the valuable work they undertake to protect Queensland communities,” Mr Johnson said. 

    “Their work during recent natural disasters was outstanding and a fine example of the power of volunteering.

    “Today’s headquarters opening comes at a crucial time, as the region continues to recover from storm and cyclone season and move into the dry.”

    [ENDS] 14 June 2014                                    

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