AWARD WINNERS: Mount Perry SES Group's Krystal Geddes, Monto SES Group's Adam Godbee, North Burnett SES Unit Acting Deputy Controller Alan Betts, QFES Acting Commissioner Mark Roche, North Burnett SES Unit Local Controller Brian Lowe, Biggenden SES Group's Tanya Ruthenberg and Monto SES Group Leader Roslyn Griffiths at the SES Awards. Photo Contributed
AWARD WINNERS: Mount Perry SES Group's Krystal Geddes, Monto SES Group's Adam Godbee, North Burnett SES Unit Acting Deputy Controller Alan Betts, QFES Acting Commissioner Mark Roche, North Burnett SES Unit Local Controller Brian Lowe, Biggenden SES Group's Tanya Ruthenberg and Monto SES Group Leader Roslyn Griffiths at the SES Awards. Photo Contributed Contributed

Dedication pays off for North Burnett unit

AN ALL inclusive approach to bring the North Burnett's SES groups together has paid dividends with the unit picking up top honours at this year's state SES awards.

Up until 2013, Mount Perry, Gayndah, Mundubbera, Gayndah, Monto and Eidsvold operated individually, but North Burnet SES Unit local controller Brian Lowe said he was incredibility proud to see a lot of hard work by all members had been recognised.

Awarded the Commissioner's Cup for Queensland SES Unit of the Year in Brisbane on Sunday, the award came less than 24 hours after the unit also received the North Coast Region Unit of the Year on Saturday at a ceremony in Maryborough.

"Over the last 18 months to two years, there was a change to the management structure," Mr Lowe said.

"We put a program in place to unite all of the groups into one big unit. Prior we were really operating as individual SES groups.

"It's the third largest SES region in Queensland and we have the lowest population, its over 20,000m²."

Mr Lowe said now the unit trained altogether, spending hours keeping their skills up.

"We do land search exercises and we chooses inaccessible locations because in the North Burnett that's what we face," he said.

"It's extremely tiring because we make it pretty realistic.

"By doing all of this camaraderie between all the groups has been an amazing turnaround...we're one big happy unit."

Mr Lowe also received an SES Week certificate as did Gayndah's Peter Raffels. Bargara SES member Kenneth Litzow was recognised for 40 years' service to the SES.

Mr Lowe thanked the North Burentt Regional Council for it's assistance and support and urged anyone who wants to join the North Burnett SES Unit to call him directly on 0427 611 663.



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