A new $1.5 million Emergency Co-ordination Centre next to the Hastings District Council civic building was officially opened on Friday.

The Lyndon Rd East building will act as a control centre for agencies in times of emergency.

Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare joined Hastings District Council Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and chief executive Nigel Bickle, Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Joint Committee member and CHB Mayor Alex Walker at the opening.

The new building touted as being "under-budget, on time and over spec" was fully funded by Hastings District Council and the Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management

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