Mackay SES gets top gong at state awards

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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.”

Photo: Sup­plied

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.

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