October 26, 2015
State Emergency Service volunteers from the North Coast Region were recognised at a special SES Week award ceremony on Saturday.
Fourteen volunteers from both Nanango and Kingaroy travelled to Maryborough for the event.
Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller said the SES Week awards provided an opportunity for the community to recognise the outstanding achievements of SES volunteers within the region, and to reflect on the integral role of the SES in our community.
“SES Week is a national celebration to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the remarkable people that make up this vital service, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the SES in Queensland,” she said.
“It is thanks to the hard work and outstanding efforts of volunteers who give up their time that the SES is so dependable and valuable in times of need.”
The North Coast Region Unit of the Year and the Operational Response of the Year awards were presented to the North Burnett SES.
North Coast Region Member of the Year award went to Ted Logan, Deputy Group Leader of the Gympie SES Group.
SES Week certificates, National Medals and Clasps, Meritorious Service Medals and Clasps were presented to volunteers at the ceremony.
South Burnett members received awards for long and outstanding service: Joe Hafemeister (Meritorious Service Award), John Kefford (3rd clasp to his Meritorious Service Medal), Gary Sands (National Medal for 15 years service), Alan Thompson (2nd clasp to his Meritorious Service Medal), Arthur Dawson (2nd clasp to his Meritorious Service medal), Kym Gray (3rd clasp to her Meritorious Service Medal) and Christine White (Meritorious Service Medal).