13/02/2013 - New Home for Donnybrook SES

Work to start on new Donnybrook SES building

Work is about to start on a new home for the Donnybrook State Emergency Service. The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is planning a new building for SES volunteers in Bentley Street, on the site of the former hospital effluent disposal pond.  Site remediation and earthworks will begin this month, and tenders for the build will be called with a view to starting construction in March or April.

The building was designed in consultation with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Donnybrook SES members and the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.  "It will give the volunteers more space and better facilities from which to operate," shire chief executive John Attwood said.  "The new building has a large training and meeting room, separate rooms for operations and communications and an office. There will be two undercover vehicle bays, covered patios, a modern kitchen and ablution facilities.

"All in all, this will provide a modern, convenient base for the important work done by SES volunteers," he said.  The capital cost of the building will be covered by Emergency Services Levy funding through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.  The shire's contribution includes providing the land and funding the earthworks. At present the Donnybrook SES operates from a building which is too small and has inadequate facilities. It is next to the Town Hall .