Official opening of the Damian Clifton Centre in Alice Springs

09 July 2012
The new Police, Fire and Emergency Services Emergency Operations Centre in Alice Springs is now officially open for business.
Damian Clifton's family opening the centre
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Around 50 people turned out to the Damian Clifton Centre when it had it’s official opening on Saturday 23 June 2012.

The centre has been named after the late Northern Territory Emergency Service (NTES) volunteer, Damian Clifton, who tragically lost his battle to cancer in 2011. Mr Clifton’s family were there to celebrate the official opening.

The centre will be used to manage and coordinate responses to emergencies and disasters in the Southern Region of the Territory. It will also be used to accommodate a regional Police, Fire and Emergency Services training facility and will be the headquarters for the Alice Springs Northern Emergency Service Volunteer Unit.

The centre will provide the Southern region with a state-of-the-art multi-functional capability which will enhance emergency management for greater community safety.

“A big thank you should go to the volunteers of the Alice Springs Northern Emergency Service Volunteer Unit, who contributed a significant amount of the work during the construction period,” said the Director of NTES, Mr Peter Davies.

“The volunteer members put a lot of hard work into building the centre and it has certainly paid off, it looks great,” said Mr Davies.

The facility has been built from funding provided through the Natural Disaster Resilience Program, a National Partnership Agreement between the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory Government. The building was jointly project managed by the Northern Territory Emergency Service and the Department of Construction and Infrastructure.