Burdekin Shire Council is adding a splash of orange to the Ayr CBD to celebrate and thank the community’s State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.
Tomorrow, May 10 is Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW), a national day to thank Australia’s hard-working SES volunteers for their contributions.
To mark the occasion, the fountain at the intersection of Queen and Edward Streets in Ayr has been coloured orange in support of the shire’s Orange Angels.
Across the Burdekin, residents are also being encouraged to add a splash of orange to their outfits for the day.
WOW is held as part of National Volunteer Week, this 8-14 May. Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the call was on for everyone to show the region’s SES volunteers that they were appreciated and supported.
“Our SES volunteers deliver a vital service to the community and are at the front line in times of emergency and disaster,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“When Cyclone Debbie bore down on the Queensland coast earlier this year our SES volunteers did an incredible job helping to prepare the community and coming to the aid of residents in need. They also played a key role in the recovery process in the Whitsunday Regional Council area.
“SES volunteers are not paid for the great work they do. They do it because they care about their communities.
“They come from all walks of life and generously donate their time, energy and skills to the cause.”
Residents interested in joining the SES are encouraged to attend the next weekly meeting of the Ayr SES Unit at 4 McCathie Street, Ayr, from 6.30pm Monday 15 May.
For more information on the SES visit www.ses.qld.gov.au