Volunteers awarded for efforts
STATE Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from the North Coast Region received top honours for their dedication and long service at a ceremony on Saturday.
Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) area director Rai Whitten said a number of awards were given out to SES volunteers from as far as Monto, Mundubbera, Hervey Bay and Maryborough.
“This was the culmination of our SES week, an annual event recognising the good work in our community,” Mr Whitten said.
“It’s an import occasion for us to recognise, and for SES volunteers and their families to be recognised.”
He said the accolades included the NSW Hunter Storm Medal 2007, meritorious service medals and national medals.
The NSW Hunter Storm Medal 2007 awardees were presented on behalf of the NSW government for assistance given at the storm that hit the City of Lake Macquarie on the June long weekend in 2007. The storm was the biggest since 1974 and caused significant damage throughout the city.
Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said SES Week was a valuable opportunity for the local community to thank SES volunteers across the state and learn about the vital role volunteers played within the community.
“It takes a unique person to be a volunteer — a person who is selfless and willing to put their own needs on hold to assist others,” he said.
“Whether it was in response to a search for a missing person, a mass response to a natural disaster or the recent bushfires across the state, SES volunteers gave their time and labour to help those impacted.”
Peter Twomey, EMQ and SES regional director for the north coast region, said SES Week was a momentous occasion to reflect on the outstanding contribution volunteers make to the community.