Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:22): I rise to support this report into the new Noarlunga State Emergency Service Unit at Lonsdale. This is a much-needed facility servicing the southern area of our state and is located obviously just to the southern part of metropolitan Adelaide. The response area is approximately 400 square kilometres, and there is a large mix of public housing, private residential developments, large commercial developments and some agricultural land.
The SES at Noarlunga has its existing facility, which is leased from the City of Onkaparinga, and the SES has made a point that this facility has reached the end of its asset life, its operational life, and that it no longer meets the needs of that broader community of the southern metropolitan area and the surrounding community. It is to be noted that during the Marshall Liberal government's term in office, in 2020 the new site was procured with the aim of constructing a new purpose-built service unit, which will be located at Lindsay Road, Lonsdale.
This 5,000 square metres site will allow the construction of a modern facility on land owned by the state government, providing greater operational certainty moving forward. The site is strategically located, with vehicle access to Sheriffs Road and the Southern Expressway, providing crucial and direct access to the greater Noarlunga area. The overall aim of the facility is to provide sufficient space for training and operational crew and rescue appliances, as well as improved access. The building will provide appropriate training and operational facilities, along with off-street car parking for SES staff and visitors, and it will comprise an operations unit, an appliance building and a trailer shed.
In regard to the facilities that the operations building will cover, there will be the 105 square metre training room, which can function as a major incident control centre during a major emergency or multiple emergencies. It has three offices; an operations room; a storeroom; a kitchen; and male, female and accessible bathrooms.
The actual appliance building will comprise five engine bays with acrylic panel-lift doors and battery backup to accommodate SES appliances. There will be male and female change rooms, an accessible bathroom, a laundry area with trough, and the trailer shed will comprise three trailer bays. The design will facilitate the construction of an operational SES unit that is durable, and it will have an operational life of at least 40 years, with an expected site presence of 100 years—so this is building into the future. The design of the whole facility was developed with the aim of ensuring that the operational requirements of the SES were achieved.
In regard to the operations building, it is a single-storey design of steel frame, masonry wall construction, with external steel cladding above and a skillion roof with pre-finished Colorbond sheeting. The glazed areas will be protected from the sun by extensive roof overhangs. It will certainly meet the design requirements of level 3.
The appliance building is a single-storey design of structural steel framing, external steel cladding and a skillion roof, with a combination of pre-finished Colorbond sheeting and translucent polycarbonate to allow natural light to penetrate. The building will obviously have five glazed panel-lift doors, which will maintain a brand of presence in the community and the SES. That building has been designed to meet importance level 4 requirements.
In regard to the trailer shed, it is a single-storey design of structural steel framing, external steel cladding and a skillion roof, with a combination of pre-finished Colorbond sheeting and translucent polycarbonate, again to allow natural light to penetrate. It will have three glazed panel-lift doors. It has been designed to meet the importance level 4 requirements.
As I indicated before, it will have access off different roads in the area. There will be two access points off Lindsay Road. Staff and visitors will be able to enter and exit from controlled access points on the northern and southern side of the site. Emergency vehicles returning to the site will enter from the northern access point and exit from the southern access point. It is noted that the appropriate landscaping will take place.
It is also noted that this build will be around $5 million. It is to be commended to support not just volunteers in the Noarlunga area but the 1,600 plus volunteers the SES has in this state. It was very pleasing recently to be at Strathalbyn, in my electorate, with the Minister for Emergency Services opening the new $2.65 million facility there that was instigated under us as the Marshall Liberal government. It is very pleasing to see that support in the southern regional area of our state.
These facilities continue to be improved over time. We need to make sure we keep our community safe in all aspects of emergencies that can happen. The SES have a range of call-outs they deal with, whether it be through storm damage, trees down or crash rescue. Obviously, at Murray Bridge we have river rescue, and a new boat, the Mulyawonk, was launched last year. They are looking after what will be happening with high river flows and looking after communities, providing sandbag access to people in river communities right up and down the length of the river in South Australia.
I fully commend this public works build and, as I said, this will make life for our volunteers easier and take this site into the future for up to the next 100 years.