Causley to fight for Lismore SES
By NERIDA BLOK, Lismore City Reporter
IAN CAUSLEY is determined to ensure Lismore gets a new home for its SES.
Yesterday, the Federal Member for Page said he would work to look at ways to help out with extra funding towards construction costs for new SES headquarters, should Lismore City Council be unable to meet its contribution.
Under the current flood levee funding arrangement, Mr Causley said the total land and building costs for the new SES headquarters ? about $550,000 ? would be paid by local, State and Federal Governments, each contributing $170,000.
"One problem is the Lismore City Council is expected to put in $120,000 ? in addition to the $50,000 pledged by SES," he said.
"If local government can't come up with that, we'll pursue ways to help."
A spokesperson for Emergency Services Minister Tony Kelly said the State Government was also looking at options to fund the council's shortfall.
Lismore council's manager for communications, Russell Kelly, welcomed the new spirit of government co-opera- tion for this 'urgent requirement'.