SES gets land for new base

LISMORE City Council has given the State Emergency Service the go-ahead to build its new headquarters on land opposite the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter base in Lismore.

On Tuesday, NSW Minister for Emergency Services Tony Kelly announced the State and Federal Governments would each be contributing $190,000 for a new Lismore control base.

But Mr Kelly said the project was dependent on land being made available.

However, Lismore City mayor Merv King said yesterday the council had approved a development application for the new headquarters on the Brunswick Street site 'ages ago'.

"Council is providing the land. That land has been available for months and some work on it has been done (to prepare it)," Cr King said.

"The DA was approved ages ago. We've been waiting for the funding.

"Council has been pushing for this for some time and we've been making representations to the State and Federal Governments to be able to do this.

"We're delighted the money has been made available."

Cr King said council's share of funding for the $500,000 base was still being finalised.

The current Lismore SES control base located in the CBD is one of the first buildings to be evacuated in a flood.

Cr King said the new headquarters would make life easier for the Lismore SES.

"There are a number of reasons why this is a good site.

"They won't have to be the first to be evacuated in a flood and the new site is handy to the river and the helicopter base," Cr King said.

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