New home for vital services

Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Higgins, Mayor Kerry Vincent, Director of SES Andrew Lea, Police and Emergency Services Minister Mark Shelton and Chief Fire Officer Chris Arnol

The Tasmanian Government has confirmed Sorell’s new $12 million Emergency Services Hub will be built on vacant land next to the Community Health Centre in Cole Street.

The site was first revealed by the Sorell Times in August this year.

The hub will be built on the greenfield site and will house emergency personnel in a modern and well‑equipped facility.

Police, Fire and Emergency Management Minister and Lyons MP Mark Shelton said the hub would be particularly important in helping to build a positive working relationship between emergency personnel and the community they serve.

“We are delivering on our commitment to acquire land and begin planning for the hub with building expected to start next year and completed in early to mid-2022,’’ Mr Shelton said.

“The Sorell Council had a substantial parcel of land in central Sorell which is ideal for the Hub and we thank the Council for supporting this important community facility.’’

The South East region and Sorell in particular is one of Tasmania’s fastest growing areas in the state.

The Hub will also provide accommodation for the SES, which at present do not have a volunteer presence in Sorell.

“It will also house the increased number of police resulting from the Government’s First‑Class, Next Generation Police Service initiative,’’ Mr Shelton said.

Mayor Kerry Vincent said the location of the hub in Sorell was a logical step as the municipality was an important centre for the growing south east.

The number of police officers stationed at Sorell will also increase by three, to support around the clock policing patrols.

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