Residents of the Sutherland Shire should now feel a whole lot safer with the NSW SES Menai Unit now open and ready to respond.

I was pleased to represent the Minister for Emergency Services, joined by NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst, Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons, Member for Miranda Eleni Petinos and Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce to officially open the new Headquarters for the NSW SES Menai Unit at Menai on Saturday.

The facility, located at 295 Menai Road, Menai, is the new home for 50 NSW SES volunteers who will use the Headquarters for training and as a base for their local emergency response.

Menai Unit is a very active Unit. Not only do they respond to emergencies and undertake community engagement activities, but they support other NSW SES Units around the State in out of area emergency response operations.

NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst was pleased to see the team settled into their new Headquarters which offered them more scope to expand their community engagement work.

The new Headquarters will place volunteers closer to the heart of the community they support allowing them to build stronger relationships at a local level. The location will improve emergency response times and provide the unit with closer proximity to assist Council during emergency operations.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with the NSW SES, go to www.ses.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 201 000.