The Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI) will give emergency management personnel more training and education opportunities to learn new skills and build capabilities in preparing, responding and recovering from emergencies.
Ambulance Victoria, CFA, Parks Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services, MFB, VICSES and many other departments, municipalities and agencies are expected to use the training facility.
The new training facilities will be located at the site of the former Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) in Mt Macedon.
Set on six and a half acres, the VEMI includes a simulation centre, theatre and has enough room to accommodate almost 60 people.
Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said the new VEMI will develop the skills and knowledge of all those involved in planning, preparing, responding and recovering from emergencies.
Mr Lapsley said it is an important step to growing the future leaders of emergency management.
The site will be redeveloped to meet Victoria’s emergency management training needs with upgrades to the accommodation facilities and installation of new technology.
The land that the site’s golf course is situated on will be leased back to the Mt Macedon Golf Club, securing their future for the next 15 years with an option to extend for another 15 years.
The Mt Macedon community has a strong connection to the site and is expected to benefit from local employment opportunities through the renovations and training operations.
Mt Macedon grounds.
Mt Macedon grounds in 2016.
Mt Macedon gardens.
Work upgrading the institute has commenced with the institute expected to start training students in the first half of 2017.