Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has tonight announced $250,000 funding towards the construction of a new operations centre at Shellharbour SES.

Mr Ward, who officially launched the new facility tonight, said that it will enable the SES to respond more effectively to emergencies such as storms and floods as well as train staff and volunteers.

“The New South Wales Government is very pleased to have partnered with the Federal Government and Shellharbour City Council in delivering this fantastic new project which will be a real asset to the local community for decades to come,” he said.

“Local SES volunteers now have modern State-of-the-art facilities that will help them better protect the community when emergencies strike.

“We can’t do enough for these selfless people who give so much of their time and effort to help others in their hour of need.

“The new building will be used as an emergency operations centre and volunteer training facility. It includes a greeting area, media liaison area and an additional room for training and meetings,” Mr Ward said.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the NSW Government has supported the project through emergency preparedness infrastructure funding which is providing modern and safe facilities to help protect communities during emergencies.

These Infrastructure Grants are made possible through the Clubgrants Category 3 program.

“More than $50 million in Clubgrants funding is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.

Clubgrants are funded through a rebate of 0.4 per cent of gaming machine profits over $1 million from the State’s registered clubs.