Issued: 23 December 2015
Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott today announced the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) will move to a modern, new headquarters in Wollongong, as part of the Government's ongoing commitment to the Illawarra.
The emergency service agency has outgrown its current headquarters on Regent Street in Wollongong - where it has been based for 25 years - and its staff will relocate to the new space on Burelli Street in 2017.
Mr Elliott said the new state headquarters will meet the operational and business needs of one of Australia's busiest emergency services and ensure hundreds of jobs remain in the region.
"The SES plays a vital role in supporting communities across the state and this has been one of its busiest years in history, mostly recently with the Kurnell storm," Mr Elliott said.
"The NSW Government will continue to ensure they have every available resource to help protect and assist the community in times of need."
NSW SES Commissioner Adam Dent welcomed the signing of the minimum 12-year lease as a wonderful early Christmas present for staff and volunteers.
It follows a tender process by Government Property NSW, which ensured the new headquarters was not only able meet the SES requirements but was itself resistant to natural disasters.
"The staff and volunteers will benefit enormously from having a building that has been chosen especially to suit their needs and they will be better supported through improved facilities for training and collaboration," Commissioner Dent said.
Member for the Kiama and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and the South Coast Gareth Ward said he was pleased the SES would remain in Wollongong.
"The SES has been an important part of this community for many years and it is very special to see their work firsthand, particularly the volunteers. Keeping the SES headquarters in the Illawarra is a great vote of confidence in our region by the NSW Government," Mr Ward said.