Spruce up for SES shed

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

LO­CAL State Emer­gency Ser­vice (SES) per­son­nel are set to ben­e­fit from a $20,000 up­grade to the Can­non­vale SES shed, made pos­si­ble through fund­ing from Coun­cil and the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment.

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney in­spected the com­pleted re­fur­bish­ments last week, say­ing they had made the shed safer and more com­fort­able for the SES vol­un­teers “who give up their valu­able time to de­liver vi­tal ser­vices to our com­mu­nity”.

“The lo­cal SES vol­un­teers do a fan­tas­tic job help­ing to keep our lo­cal com­mu­nity safe, es­pe­cially in dis­as­ter events [so] it’s great the state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments can give back to th­ese vol­un­teers by im­prov­ing their SES shed,” she said.

In­cluded in the up­grade was a fresh coat of paint, a new air-con­di­tioned kitch­enette and the in­stal­la­tion of new handrails on a $3000 pre-fab­ri­cated stair­well to the mez­za­nine level, do­nated by the Air­lie Beach Fire Sta­tion.

Cr Whit­ney said hope­fully now the facil- ity would en­able the lo­cal SES to at­tract more vol­un­teers “and train them up to the level nec­es­sary”.

Of­fi­cer in Charge at the Can­non­vale SES, Mark Con­nors, said once the cur­rent re­sponse to Cy­clone Mar­cia was over “and if the weather is kind to us, we will begin a re­cruit­ment drive with a fo­cus on the beach area”.

“SES mem­bers, sup­ported by the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil re­sponded to [the] Rock­hamp­ton and Livingston Shires even be­fore the cy­clone hit and we still have a pres­ence there,” he said.

“It is th­ese kinds of ded­i­cated mem­bers we will be seek­ing in the near fu­ture to join our team at the Can­non­vale shed.”

Mr Con­nors said the re­fur­bish­ment would def­i­nitely mean a more com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment for mem­bers to train in and he thanked Coun­cil and Whit­sun­day Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Co-or­di­na­tor Scott Tel­le­gen, “for giv­ing us a more pre­sentable head­quar­ters to train and op­er­ate out of”.

READY FOR AC­TION: SES vol­un­teer Caro­line Stange gave Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney a tour of the re­cently re­fur­bished Can­non­vale SES shed last week.

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