One of Queanbeyan’s most vital organisations has today received a helping hand from the Nationals in Government, with Member for Monaro and Deputy Premier John Barilaro announcing $30,000 for the local State Emergency Service (SES) Unit.

Mr Barilaro joined with SES volunteers to announce the funding, which will be used for the installation of a brand new automatic security gate.

“In times of disaster, the community turns to the SES and they are always there to offer support, so it is only right that we offer them support in return,” Mr Barilaro said. “The Queanbeyan SES currently has a large gate which needs to be manually opened and closed every time the SES rushes out to help us, and it’s clear that this gate has seen better days. Soon, the Queanbeyan SES will have an electric gate, which will have major benefits for the SES including quicker access through keyless entry and exit, resulting in faster response time, as well as improved security for the local unit.”

NSW SES Queanbeyan Unit Local Commander Rob Cunneen welcomed the news, saying the new gate will have a great impact on the local SES.

“In life threatening emergencies when seconds count, we will now have time on our side with a much quicker way for volunteers to access equipment and vehicles,” he said. “This electric gate will also improve the safety of my members and the security of our rescue equipment. We have been part of this community since the early 1960s and in that time our ways of operating may have changed but our dedication to the Queanbeyan and broader NSW community has not. We are extremely appreciative of this funding and opportunity.”