Issued Friday 17 March 2017
The City of Casey is optimistic of a second VicSES unit being established in Casey, following a visit from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to Casey this week.
Council has been calling for a VicSES unit in the south of Casey for many years, and resolved as recently as 7 March 2017 to again write to the Minister for Emergency Services, James Merlino, about the issue and request a meeting.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said Council was pleased that the State Government was listening.
“The visit by Premier Andrews to Casey’s only SES unit in Narre Warren this week is a promising step forward and shows that this much-needed project is on the State Government’s radar,” he said.
“When the State Budget is released in May, Council hopes to see funding for a second SES unit in Casey included and a commitment to deliver the project as a matter of urgency.”
The Mayor said as Victoria’s largest municipality and with Casey’s population tipped to hit half a million residents in the next 20 years, a second SES unit is desperately-needed.
“Our Narre Warren SES does a wonderful job protecting our community, but as our population continues to grow it places significant increase in demand on our emergency services,” Cr Aziz said.
“The Narre Warren SES is one of the busiest units in the state and they’ve acknowledged that it can take them more than 30 to 40 minutes to respond to incidence in the southern corridor of Casey, further highlighting the need for an additional unit.
“An SES unit in Cranbourne would reduce the burden on Narre Warren and improve the capacity to provide essential community protection in times of emergency.”
Council has offered to discuss land in Cyril Beechey Lane, Cranbourne, with the State Government as a potential, suitable site for an SES unit in the municipality’s south.