NATIONAL/LIBERAL COALITION WILL RECOGNISE OUR VOLUNTEERS

National/Liberal Coalition Will Recognise Our Volunteers

NATIONAL/LIBERAL COALITION WILL RECOGNISE OUR VOLUNTEERS

28 January 2003

Long serving volunteers from community protection and rescue services such as the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service and Surf Life Saving will receive a State Medal under a Liberal/National Coalition Government, National Party Member for Lismore, Thomas George said today.

Mr George said a NSW Volunteer Rescue Medal, to be known as the Waratah Medal, will be awarded to those who have given 10 years service to the community.

"Every day our volunteers demonstrate bravery and selflessness, and I believe the State Government should recognise their contribution to keeping our communities safe," Mr George said.

Volunteers from the following organisations would be eligible for the Waratah Medal: Rural Fire Service;
State Emergency Service;
Surf Life Saving New South Wales;
Volunteer Rescue Association;
St John Ambulance;
Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol; and
Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association. "This medal is about saying `thank you' to those volunteers in the Lismore Electorate who work tirelessly to save lives and property and give enormous support to the local community," Mr George said.

Approximately 140,000 people currently act as volunteers in NSW for the various volunteer emergency and rescue organisations eligible for the Waratah Medal.

Mr George said the Medal would be awarded each October long weekend, which for many volunteer service organisations marks the start of the summer season.

"With summer comes a great deal of extra pressure for volunteers in the Lismore electorate. Our volunteers are there when they are most needed and this medal recognises them for that," Mr George said.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577