Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, visiting the new Coalition funded DELWP offices at Swift’s Creek when under construction last year.
The new Coalition funded Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) offices to be officially opened in Swift’s Creek next week, have provided a huge boost to the town according to State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull.
Mr Bull said that although he had not received an invitation to the opening, he was proud the previous government was able to provide such a facility to Swift’s Creek.
“I will be very interested to see if the Minister turns up herself to open the facility, as being in the heart of wild dog country, she may be able to answer some questions as to why Labor axed the successful wild dog bounty on July 1 as I am sure many locals will be interested in knowing. Time will tell if she attends herself,” Mr Bull said.
“This project, which attracted $10 million in funding from the previous Government, is a strong commitment to a small rural town like Swift’s Creek and with certainty around staff numbers, it had great spin off benefits for the community,” he said.
“Swift’s Creek is a crucial Level 3 Incident Control Centre, meaning it is able to handle a full-scale, multi-agency emergency incident as well as playing a key role in planned burning operations.
“The office has been completely redeveloped to bring all emergency management functions and facilities under one roof and provide improved response to community stakeholder expectations and be a one stop shop community service.
“The new depot has provided purpose-built facilities designed to ensure a safer work environment, assist day to day works delivery, emergency preparation and response operations.
“The old facilities were ageing and disjointed with a number of extensions and portable buildings added over the years. The new layout is a massive improvement and will significantly strengthen the ability to effectively manage emergency situations and planned burning operations in this remote district,” he said.