Shared from the 6/26/2018 Hume Leader eEdition

BROADMEADOWS

SES unit relocation still under a cloud

THE future location of the Broadmeadows SES unit headquarters remains in limbo, despite mounting pressure from volunteers.

The lease for the unit’s present location on Mahoneys Rd, Campbellfield was initially due to run out this month — leaving the unit without a home base — but is believed to have been extended until June 2019.

A vacant block of land between Fawkner police station and Fawkner Memorial Park has been earmarked for the new headquarters, but despite months of deliberation the State Government and Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust are yet to come to an agreement.

Broadmeadows unit operations deputy controller Shane Lapworth said he was concerned about the time it was taking to secure a new location for their headquarters.

“If the lease runs out and the new building isn’t built in time … we could be without a home base or stuck in temporary facilities,” he said.

“There’s about a threemonth window where we could be in trouble.

“We’d have the problem of having to move twice, which is difficult because logistically it’s not easy to move for a volunteer unit.”

Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said the government was dedicated to supporting volunteers and giving them the facilities they deserved to best service the community.

The government allocated $2.8 million for the new unit in last year’s state budget.

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