Emergency services work together

SAFER SINKHOLE ACCESS: Mount Gambier City Council, the Metropolitan Fire Service and the State Emergency Service worked together last weekend to install a concrete slab at the bottom of the Cave Gardens sinkhole for better access in emergencies. Photo supplied.

A JOINT effort by the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS), Mount Gambier City Council and the State Emergency Service (SES) last weekend has made it easier for emergency services to access the Cave Gardens sinkhole.

The result is the provision of a solid base at the bottom of the gardens to allow a large ladder to be placed in the event of an emergency.

MFS station officer Phil Wood said it would now make access to the sinkhole safer by having secure footing.

“We do go down into the sinkhole in spits and spats; it is not a regular occurrence and we want to ensure it is as safe as possible when we do go down there,” Mr Wood said.

“We went down into the sinkhole twice last month, one was for a wallaby that was down there, and the second time was to retrieve a tourist’s lost phone.”

Mr Wood said working with council and the SES was always beneficial for the community and allowed them all to solve problems.