Council has requested its management team to prepare a report that outlines how it can best work with all emergency service agencies towards establishing an Emergency Services Hub in Mansfield.
Cr Paul Volkering’s Notice of Motion said Council had a role to investigate partnerships with all key stakeholders that might be part of what he called a ‘new and exciting venture described as an Emergency Services Precinct’.
Mayor, Cr Harry Westendorp said Council’s proposed lease or sale of the former saleyards site, where the State Emergency Service (SES) is currently located, had resulted in community discussion about the need for a hub.
He said the report will cover the history, Council’s thinking and actions to date on both the site and needs of emergency services, information from Victorian SES and the Department of Land Water and Planning (DELWP), the planning options and constraints of the site and the current lease/sale process.
“Whether or not you agreed with Council exploring the option to lease or sell the former saleyards land, all would agree that our communities deserve the best emergency service facilities possible. We all rely on them in our time of need,” Cr Westendorp said.
“Many residents volunteer to make sure these services are provided and it’s our role as Councillors to advocate to get the best facilities we can,” he said.
“Cr Volkering’s motion rightly focuses on what we need to do, how and when, to progress this for our community.”
Cr Westendorp said there was agreement that emergency services in the town needed upgrading.
“Last year, together with local support from both members of the community and the SES, we lobbied the Victorian government for funding to upgrade the SES or to help us source a new location for them. We didn’t get any funding. There seems to be a misunderstanding about the work we have done to find a new location that would satisfy the SES and community sentiment.”
Cr Westendrop said the report will give Council guidance on how to move forward.