VEMI renovations and staff update

Front entrance gate to VEMI

Staff have officially taken up their positions at the new Victorian Emergency Management Institute.

With the renovation of the buildings and gardens well underway, five staff members are now based full time at the Mt Macedon property.

Staff include:

  • Facilities Manager
  • Grounds Manager
  • Assistant Gardener
  • Administration Support Officer
  • Work experience student

The staff will be overseeing the renovations, managing and preparing for venue bookings, managing groups on site and improving and maintaining the gardens.

Renovations on the administration building on the ground floor have already been completed and staff have moved in.

IT and communications works began on 5 May, which will ensure VEMI provides easy access and connection to anyone on site.

These works include the removal overhead fibre optic cable and installing it around the outside of the building, installing wifi right throughout the property ensuring everyone will have access across the property and moving comms points from the skirting boards to within false floors.

The movement of these access points will allow for more flexible learning spaces, with desks and chairs being able to easily be moved around to suit the use of the buildings while maintaining easy access to the ports.

On the second floor of the instruction building the entire library has been removed, revealing sweeping views of Mt Macedon. The former library will become a large open space that will be used as a flexible learning and innovation hub.

The next phase of the renovation is the accommodation building – each room will have a private en suite and two newly built rooms will be accessible for the disabled.

Deborrah Jepsen, EMV Director, Strategy and Investment, is managing the redevelopment and said that the facilities have already been used by several groups across the state for meetings and engagements.

EMV hosted the Catafalaque Party, a sign of respect on remembrance days including Anzac Day, for the Mount Macedon Cross Dawn Service last month.

“They stayed at the accommodation facilities the night before after rehearsals on Monday (24 April) and came back after the service to get warm and dry after a cold, wet service before heading off to another event for the day,” Ms Jepsen said.  

“In what we hope will become an annual tradition at VEMI, we have agreed with the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Dawn Service Committee that we will accommodate the Party each year.”

Other groups to use the meeting spaces at VEMI include:

  • DEWLP planned burning pre-brief
  • Local volunteer group meetings
  • Minister fir Emergency Services planning day
  • Several departmental planning days
  • Regional Committee Leaders and EMV Executive Statewide Forum

Scheduled for the near future are:

  • Aviation pre-briefings
  • Aviation reaccreditation courses