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Central Queensland celebrates SES volunteers

THE Banana SES Unit won the Regional Unit/Group of the Year for their commitment to their community which has led to the retention and recruitment of more volunteers.

Central Western Regional Director Wayne Hepple presented the award.

"The executive team involved has also been instrumental in introducing a unit training calendar which provides members more opportunities to attend training," Mr Hepple said.

Rockhampton SES volunteer Ken Morrison was named Regional Member of the Year.

"Ken has been with the SES for almost 30 years and has been an instrumental leader, responder and trainer," Mr Hepple said.

Members of the Mackay Regional State Emergency Service (SES) Unit have been recognised for their outstanding search and recovery operations with the Regional Operational Response of the Year award.

"SES volunteers from the Mackay Unit took part in challenging search and recovery operation in Eungella National Park, assisting the Queensland Police Service (QPS) with the search of a missing bushwalker," Mr Hepple said.

Mr Hepple also presented ten SES Week Awards to volunteers who displayed exceptional dedication to their units and communities.

Volunteers who received the certificates were: Michael Smith of Biloela SES Group, Elizabeth Crowe of Gladstone SES Group, Gregory Masters of  Jericho/Alpha SES Unit, Alpha Group, Doug Williams of Winton SES Group, John Blizzard of Midge Point SES Group, Michael West of Middlemount SES Group, Mike Sarich of Mirani SES Group, Lynn Bartley of Emerald SES Group, Pat Kooyman of Springsure SES Group, Peter Miles of Gracemere SES Group.

The Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey thanked all SES volunteers for the support the give to the community during difficult times.

"When the rest of the community is being warned to take shelter and prepare for the worst SES volunteers are preparing to tackle the situation head on," Mr Dempsey said.

"They selflessly give their time not for recognition or reward but to ensure the rest of us have someone to turn to for assistance when the unthinkable happens.

"Each year SES volunteers in the Central Region clock up thousands of man-hours during emergency events and for that I say to every one of them - thank you."

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