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Home for Goodooga SES unit

Robyn Herron, Wednesday February 20, 2013 - 05:26 EDT

For the first time, Goodooga will have its own State Emergency Service (SES) unit.

The Brewarrina Shire Council has approved the use of a former doctor's residence and surgery as a temporary headquarters until the SES is able to arrange funding for a purpose built facility.

The SES regional controller Graham Craig says under a partnership agreement the council will take care of repairs and maintenance of the building.

He says the need for a Goodooga unit became clear during major flooding in the past few years.

"The community's got a great relationship with the NSW SES already through our interactions over the last three years worth of flooding," he said.

"That's actually been a really healthy thing for our agency because we've been able to get in at a grass roots level, identify the potential recruits and bring them in to the SES.

"That's also with the more recent flooding been able to generate a lot of interest within the community."

Mr Craig says the area has always come under the control of the Brewarrina unit, but that has been problematic during floods over recent years.

"With the dirt road infrastructure between Brewarrina and Goodooga, in addition to the challenges that Brewarrina have during the flood itself with the local flooding, the access to Goodooga from Brewarrina is not possible.

"As a strategic location for protection of the community the Goodooga unit is a very important cog in our overall network of units."

He says there are about 15 volunteers in Goodooga with numbers expected to grow.


- ABC

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