Labor’s F for fail on emergency services

The State Liberals have slammed the Weatherill Government’s pathetic commitment to look at finding a new home for South Australia’s State Control Centre sometime in the future.

Twelve months ago a report from the State Emergency Services contained damning criticism of the functionality of the State Control Centre claiming it ‘represents a significant risk to the community of South Australia, as it is only a matter of time before it totally fails during a significant event.’

“Twelve months later the best this tired, old and arrogant government can do is offer the pathetic charade that it will go out to tender for a new headquarters,” said Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Stephan Knoll.

“Only the most gullible would treat today’s announcement with anything but complete disdain.”

The SASES Severe Weather and Flooding 28 September to 4 October 2016 Debrief Report January 2017 revealed the SES State Control Centre in Waymouth Street is ‘totally inadequate and is severely compromised in terms of providing the space and functionality required of a state control centre.’

“Today’s pitiful commitment underlines the Weatherill Government’s neglect of emergency services in South Australia,” said Mr Knoll.

“Having increased its Emergency Services tax by more than 200 per cent it is disgraceful the Weatherill Government has failed to address the issues at the State Control Centre.”

The report found:

The building is not capable of surviving credible major natural disaster risks including a 1 in 500-year magnitude earthquake and is seriously deficient in terms of access, parking, storage and loading areas, services resilient to power failure and security.

During the power outage, the Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) and backup generator only maintained power to 14 of the essential workstations in the SCC. As a result, 50 per cent of the computers in the SCC were not operational when they needed it most.

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