Mackay SES gets top gong at state awards
FUELLED by a desire to help those who can’t help themselves, regional State Emergency Services (SES) member Jan Lindbergs has long been at the forefront of disaster relief.
After dedicating 20 years to the Australian Air Force her passion has culminated in being awarded the 2018 SES Member of the Year, complementing the Mackay unit being awarded the best in the state at the Queensland SES Week Awards held in Brisbane.
Unbeknown to her, the Mirani group leader was nominated for the title by her fellow award-winning colleagues - saying she deserved recognition for a decade of service to the Mackay region.
Ms Lindbergs paid tribute to the camaraderie of her unit, and said getting the opportunity to assist a variety of people had been the most enticing part of her role.
“It’s helping people...not just our own local community, but also helping the wider community and tourists...and actually searching, finding and recovering people,” Ms Lindbergs said. “It’s very rewarding to do this.” Mackay SES operator Selina Neill said that while the confronting nature of their work can be daunting for relief workers and search volunteers, their motivation to provide support to those who need it most inspires them each day.
“Being able to help people, being able to be in a position to be able to provide advice – that’s the kind of thing that motivates them to start in the first place, and what keeps them going.”
TARGET ACQUIRED: Mackay SES unit named the best in the state at the SES Week Awards. From left, Rebekka Murray, Andrew Wyatt, Brian Cox, Selina Neill, Mayor Greg Williamson, Julianne Gilbert MP, David Serginson, Jan Lindbegs and JoAnn Clout.