Gin Gin’s in good hands with new SES controller
KELLIE Bolstad has been the acting local controller for the Gin Gin SES for the past three years.
Last week she was thrilled to learn she had officially been appointed the local controller for Gin Gin.
“I have been with the SES for 15 years and for the past three years I have been standing in until a controller was appointed,” she said.
“Our unit in Gin Gin has 20 members and we are always looking for new members.
“I am excited with my formal appointed and it will be business as usual for our unit.
“I am happy to be Gin Gin’s local controller and I will do my best to uphold the standard of the SES,” she said.
The State Emergency Service has assisted Queenslanders for the past 40 years and Mrs Bolstad plans to continue serving her community as a volunteer.
Through the years, Mrs Bolstad has worked with teams cleaning up after cyclones, preparing communities for floods and assisting the police and rural firefighters.
“I work closely with other units in the region, especially Childers and Bundaberg, and my commitment will continue,” she said.
“The volunteers in our unit have all supported my new appointment and I hope to grow the unit with more volunteers from the community,”
The SES relies on the dedication of volunteers and the kind donations from the public.
Each year the SES spends countless hours manning the Gin Gin Driver Reviver station, along with other community groups, to encourage drivers to take a break.
“The council has been a great supporter of the SES and I plan to continue the great working relationship,” Mrs Bolstad said.
“The SES is happy to provide support to any public event and I encourage community groups to contact me.
“I want what is best for the community and to encourage more people to sign up as a volunteer.”
UNDER CONTROL: Kellie Bolstad the new local controller of Gin Gin SES.