Burdekin Shire celebrates SES volunteers

Burdekin residents are being encouraged to celebrate their local SES volunteers during SES Week this October 7-15 and are invited to an open night where they can learn more about this vital community organisation.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said SES Week was an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution of SES members to the community.

She said fittingly, the event also coincided with Get Ready Burdekin Week, when residents would be encouraged to get cyclone ready.

“We’re inviting the community to come along to the SES open night at 7pm, on Monday 9 October at the SES building in McCathie Street, Ayr, where you’ll be able to learn more about the SES and register your interest in volunteering,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“To mark SES Week and Burdekin Get Ready Week, Council will be holding a week of displays in foyer of the Young Street Council Chambers in Ayr.

“I encourage residents to come in and check out these wonderful displays of SES equipment, goodies, balloons and information sheets, plus Get Ready guides, cyclone tracking maps, posters and postcards.”

Cr McLaughlin said SES Week was a chance to shine a light on the dedication and commitment of the SES members and the invaluable services they performed for the community.

She said there were many rewarding opportunities within the SES.

“SES members make a difference to those whose lives have been affected by disasters. They also participate in and provide support to community events,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Training is critical to preparing members and includes a number of nationally-recognised competencies. Training activities range from operating communications equipment to traffic control, working safely at heights, chainsaw operations, four wheel driving, map and navigation, land search and operating flood boats.”

The SES is free to join. For more information visit www.ses.qld.gov.au

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