Plans start for

Shire of Toodyay councillors voted to go ahead with plans to create a Toodyay SES at a meeting this month.

Shire President Kevin Hogg said the unit would complement the council’s services.

‘It is necessary in Toodyay and in many communities to set up an SES unit so they can help in times of disaster or bushfires,’ Mr Hogg said.

‘The community has indicated they support it and a number of people have said they would volunteer with the unit.’

The nearest SES units to Toodyay are Northam, Goomalling and Swan.

Toodyay’s SES unit would most likely operate out of the Morangup Fire shed. Mr Hogg said the unit would improve response times to Morangup, Gidgegannup and Toodyay.

One of the advantages of the unit would be its proximity to the Avon Valley National Park for search and rescue work.

DFES has advised the Shire that if the unit was established in Morangup, it would be known as the Toodyay SES.