Gin Gin’s in good hands with new SES con­troller

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

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.”

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

UN­DER CON­TROL: Kel­lie Bol­stad the new lo­cal con­troller of Gin Gin SES.

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