NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has announced that community safety continues to be paramount for the Government with the delivery of five state-of-the-art vehicles and marine vessels for the State Emergency Service (SES) across the Myall Lakes.

The new equipment forms part of the $56.4 million SES fleet replacement program funded by the NSW Nationals in Government over four years.

Both the Taree City SES Unit and Forster Pacific Palms SES Unit received a $185,000 ‘Light Storm Vehicle’ and a $145,000 ‘Bowloader Punt’ to assist in emergency situations.

The Forster Pacific Palms Unit also received a $62,000 ‘Command Vehicle’ which is fitted with emergency warning and communications systems to help when critical infrastructure is damaged or destroyed.

Mr Bromhead said the investment couldn’t have come at a better time.

“The NSW Nationals in Government are committed to providing our first responders with the best possible resources to protect lives and property,” he said.

“Our local volunteers play an incredibly important role come floods or storms, which is why I’m pleased to see them provided with modern and effective equipment.”

NSW SES Northern Zone Deputy Commander Tony Day welcomed the new fleet additions saying they will increase the capability of the units to support their community during emergencies.

“NSW SES volunteers use this equipment every day to prepare communities for severe weather and support those impacted by floods and storms,” Mr Day said.

The NSW SES has 9500 volunteers who partner with communities prior to and during emergencies.