AT THE READY: SES workers (from left) Lindsay Matterson, Steve Donovan, Melinda Rosewarne and Stuart Ferguson, prepare for the
AT THE READY: SES workers (from left) Lindsay Matterson, Steve Donovan, Melinda Rosewarne and Stuart Ferguson, prepare for the

SES ready for any SOS

Fay Knight fay.knight@northernstar.com.au IT'S not that Lindsay Matterson is hoping for an emergency. But should a flood happen along, or any other disaster for which the SES might be called out, they're more than ready with a brand new headquarters which will be officially opened this weekend. "I'm cock-a-hoop about our new building," said Lindsay, Lismore City SES Unit Local Controller, who has been waiting since 2001 when the first plans were drafted. "Plans were finally revised and work started last July. We had the handover from Bennett Constructions in May this year and the official opening is tomorrow. Then on Sunday we're having a big family day with a sausage sizzle and everyone is invited. We've put up a display of 50 years of historical photos and we're looking forward to showing off our facilities to everyone." Although Lindsay and his SES volunteers have already put a lot of time and thought into getting the new headquarters operational, some serious testing of arrangements will take place once the ceremonies are out of the way. But don't worry, Lindsay doesn't have any premonitions of disasters to come. The testing will be strictly a simulated scenario, just to ensure that everything works they way they hope it will. "We're got great facilities, even a kitchen most women would give their eye-teeth for," said Lindsay. "We've networked all our computers, we've figured out the best way of parking all our vehicles and equipment, but we still need to blood this place." Lindsay said morale of the 'troops' is 'sky-high' and he was expecting more interest in volunteering. "But the best thing about it is we don't have to evacuate ourselves first if it floods!"



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