Cobram’s emergency services volunteers are getting the dedicated headquarters they deserve – with a new Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) to be delivered with street frontage on Cobram-Koonoomoo Road.

Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes visited the site of the new facility to mark the start of construction.

The new facility will incorporate environmentally sustainable design principles with features such as four drive through motor bays, a training room, communications rooms and offices.

This will support volunteers to train and prepare for emergencies and ensure the unit can expand their response capabilities.

The new headquarters will enable the Cobram Unit to continue to respond to road and general rescues, flood and storm emergencies, and serve the local community through assistance to Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and fire services throughout the state.

The VICSES Cobram Unit – which has 21 volunteers – currently shares accommodation with Tocumwal SES over the border in New South Wales.

The new unit will be delivered by the Emergency Services Infrastructure Authority, part of the Community Safety Building Authority, as part of the VICSES High Priority Infrastructure Program.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes

”Cobram SES have been incredble advocates for their own headquarters and I’m proud to be able to deliver the home they deserve to continue keeping their community safe in times of crisis.”

”These local headquarters will go a long way in keeping and attracting new volunteers in the area to pull on the orange and take on a really rewarding experience as part of the SES.”