Recognition for a good job well done

September 1, 2009

Bingara SES volunteer Alf King has been recognised for his efforts in assisting with SES training.

Christine Robertson, MLC, with Alf King receiving his Certificate of Appreciation from SES Commissioner, Murray Kear.

A visit to the region by SES Commissioner, Murray Kear culminated in a presentation at Boggabilla to recognise the success of a recent training program which was collaboration between the SES and NSW Adult and Community Education (ACE).

Also attending the Boggabilla presentation was the Honourable Christine Robertson, MLC representing Minister for Emergency Services Steve Whan, and the Federal member for Parkes, Mark Coulton.

Alf King recently completed two weeks of delivery of intensive general rescue training at Boggabilla and he was congratulated for his work in enhancing the response capabilities of the SES Boggabilla Unit through engaging and empowering the local indigenous community.

The graduation ceremony had been scheduled to take place in May however had to be postponed when the training at Toomelah and Boggabilla was put to the test when volunteers were asked to respond to the North Coast storms and flooding at that time.

“Having the Commissioner visit the area is a great boost to the volunteers. He was very impressed with the high standards and warm welcome he found in every North West Region SES unit he visited.” said Region Controller Steve Martin. “The North West SES Region includes many varied areas of possible natural disasters, from the Northern highlands in the Tenterfield, Deepwater, Glen Innes areas.

Through Inverell where major flooding can occur with as little as six hours warning, to the wide black soil plains of the Moree Plains Shire where isolation caused through rain and floods can last for weeks.

By inspecting first hand these areas, and especially meeting the SES volunteers that are there to protect their communities during those major events, has given Commissioner Kear a better understanding of the support that is required to assist them to do their job”. said Mr Martin.