THOMAS GEORGE MP ENCOURAGES LOCALS TO JOIN SES

THOMAS GEORGE MP ENCOURAGES LOCALS TO JOIN SES

10 September 2009

More local people should consider becoming volunteer members of the Richmond Tweed State Emergency Services, Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP, has told the NSW Parliament.

Speaking on the Government's State Emergency Services Amendment Bill 2009, Mr George said the local SES was about thirty volunteers short.

“I ask anyone who is interested in joining their local SES to inspect the premises and obtain information about becoming part of the SES,” Mr George told the Legislative Assembly.

“I support the controller at Richmond Tweed SES, Scott Hanckel, and Darren Winkler, and encourage people throughout the State to become part of this very valuable organisation.”

The MP noted the Lismore region had suffered a series of natural disasters in recent times, including major floods in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and major hailstorms in early and late 2007.

“The volunteers of local State Emergency Service branches give a continuation of service for which every member of this House appreciates.”

Mr George said he supported the Government's legislation, which was principally about changing the title of the head of the SES from Director-General to Commissioner, but he was critical of a provision, which bans local government councillors from becoming commissioner of an SES unit.

“Usually the local councillor is the backbone of the local community; hence he is probably leading the SES unit for that area,” Mr George said.

“If one wants a job done one must give it to a busy person; one never gives the job to the person who is unavailable or doing nothing.”

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