Arana Hills SES open doors to new multi-million dollar home

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Arana Hills SES open doors to new multi-million dollar home

South East Queensland’s newest State Emergency Service (SES) facility will officially open its doors this Saturday, 3 August in Arana Hills thanks to a $2.7 million investment by Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Queensland Government.

For more than 30 years the Arana Hills SES unit has operated from an old converted house at the back of the property on Bunya Road in James Drysdale Reserve.

With more than 70 members, it was a tight squeeze.

Council applied to the Queensland Government for funding support through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program to assist with construction of a new facility for the SES unit in 2017.

Two years later and the paint has dried on two new state-of-the-art buildings on the same site — an administration building with a dedicated training room including audio-visual tech and an adjoining vehicle shed.

The building was funded 40:60, with the Queensland Government putting $1.012 million towards the project and council allocating $1.717 million.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said the administration building would be named in honour of two long serving Arana Hills SES unit volunteers, Chris Arnott and Meg Garbutt.

“These are the outstanding, unsung heroes who put their community first, time and time again,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“These are the people who kiss their families goodbye as the dark clouds roll in and wade into deep, murky waters to rescue the loved ones of others.

“This is exactly the kind of grassroots community causes all levels of government should be getting behind.

“We have some inspirational and selfless people working in this space — not just in the SES but also in the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Police and our very own Disaster Management team here in council.”

Councillor for Division 10 Matt Constance said the new purpose-built buildings collectively more than doubled the floor space for the Arana Hills SES unit.

“By better equipping the unit we can help it continue to grow well into the future,” Councillor Constance said.

“This is a really exciting project for the Arana Hills community and while I hope that we never need to use this facility to its full potential, I have confidence that should the worst happen, our frontline volunteers will have a proper base to operate from.”

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the new facility would give Arana Hills SES volunteers the space they needed to operate in times of crisis.

“The SES volunteers will have more room to move and that means they can better prepare for emergency situations where they make a lot of difference to local residents,” Mr Furner said.

“I was proud to announce State Government funding for this project when I was the Local Government Minister, so it means a lot to me to be able to see the finished article at the official opening.”