A new base for the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Moss Vale Unit will be constructed as part of the NSW Government’s record $132.7 million investment announced in the 2022-23 Budget.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the Moss Vale SES Unit was one of 18 Units identified as critical priority upgrade projects.

“It’s been an incredibly difficult 12 months for our region, with repeated storms and floods, which our wonderful SES volunteers have responded to time and time again,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“We need to make sure our volunteers have the best facilities so that they can continue their important work, which is why the NSW Government made a record investment in the Budget to deliver these upgrades, the first of which I’m very proud to say is the Moss Vale Unit.”

The new Unit will be adjacent to the co-located Animal Shelter on Wingecarribee Council owned property at 1 Bowman Road.

“It’s critical we provide fit-for-purpose facilities so that our frontline emergency services personnel have what they need to protect communities from severe weather events, like what we’ve seen across the State this year,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the new base would boost the Moss Vale Unit’s emergency response capability across the region.

“Our SES volunteers have worked tirelessly all year protecting communities from flooding, and I’m very pleased to be announcing what will be the first of many critical priority Unit upgrades.”

SES Deputy Commissioner Damien Johnston said Wingecarribee Shire Council will receive a $1.5 million grant towards the project.

“I’m pleased we are allocating funding towards a new and improved Moss Vale facility and look forward to seeing the project progress,” Deputy Commissioner Johnston said.

Wingecarribee Shire Council General Manager Lisa Miscamble said the Unit upgrade funding was a warmly welcomed.

“This funding will help council build a modern new facility on the outskirts of Moss Vale that will enable the men and women of the SES to continue to carry out their vital work,” Ms Miscamble said.

“Council thanks the SES for their continued support and confidence in our Shire.”