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Echuca SES site takes shape

After two months delay, the Echuca SES are satisfied the construction of their new, much-needed site is almost complete.

ASHLEA KUNOWSKI July 23, 2013 4:30am

SES Deputy Controller Bob Callander at the construction site.

Echuca SES is confident the construction of its new building is back on track after a series of delays.

The Campaspe Shire project was set to be completed by the end of May, but complications, including site changes and, more recently, a sewerage connection issue, have forced the initial completion date back two months.

Administration deputy controller Bob Callander said the crew was not overly concerned about the set-backs.

‘‘It was a minor hold up,’’ he said.

‘‘Everyone’s satisfied now.’’

However, the team remain none-the-wiser as to when the new building will become operational.

Campaspe Shire was unable to provide an estimated completion date when contacted by the Riv on Friday.

Mr Callander said the crew was excited to see the new facility slowly taking shape, with the concrete slab poured on Wednesday.

‘‘It’s good to see the floor go down because without the floor you can’t put up the walls,’’ he said.

Mr Callander said the decision to move the SES from its current location on Sutton St to an emergency services precinct on High St was made around four years ago.

The $432,000 facility will be almost 50 per cent bigger than the previous shed, accommodating for more than a dozen volunteers and giving the Echuca SES the chance to apply for a second emergency vehicle.

‘‘We’ve put up a grant for a second vehicle, now we can’t even take delivery of it because we’ve got nowhere to put it. We can’t fit it in our existing premises,’’ Mr Callander said.

Mr Callander hoped the new headquarters would be fitted out in the next couple of months.

‘‘We’re very much so (excited), it’s been a very long, drawn out process,’’ he said.

‘‘At the end of the day we (will) have a great facility, and to get that, patience is what you need to have.’’

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