Hastings emergency volunteers honoured

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Acting SES Commissioner Greg Newton, Minister David Elliott,  Paul Burg unit controller NSW SES Camden Haven and MP Leslie Williams.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Acting SES Commissioner Greg Newton, Minister David Elliott, Paul Burg unit controller NSW SES Camden Haven and MP Leslie Williams.

A state-of-the-art training facility, a series of awards and grants have been presented to emergency services volunteers in Port Macquarie, thanking them for their commitment to serving the community.

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams on November 29 opened a new $215,000 Marine Rescue NSW training facility and boat shed in Harrington.

“Members of the Crowdy/Harrington unit now have the benefit of a dedicated facility for their training activities,” Mr Elliott said.

“The training facility is equipped with integrated technology, a kitchen and amenities, as well as undercover protection for the unit’s response vessel, Crowdy 20, fuel utility and other equipment.”

Mr Elliott also honoured 48 volunteers from NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) Mid-North Coast Region who received National Medals and Long Service Awards. The recipients had more than 1060 years of experience between them.

“These awards are in recognition of the outstanding efforts shown by these 48 members who have dedicated many years to volunteering in the SES,” he said.

SES Port Macquarie Hasting Unit received a ClubGRANTS of $34,900 to build a large outdoor shelter for sand bagging, training and storage. SES Camden Haven Unit received a $5000 grant for rescue equipment and water rescue dummies.

Mrs Williams paid tribute to the volunteers in the Port Macquarie region for assisting the community during floods, storms and other emergencies.

“The local community can be assured that Marine Rescue NSW and SES are equipped to help them in a time of crisis,” she said.

“Their committed effort responding to emergencies are greatly respected in the community.”

In Mr Elliott’s capacity as the Minister for Veterans Affairs, he also awarded a $1000 grant for the Crowdy Head War Memorial, which opened in 2002.

The funds will go toward replacing two flagpoles on either side of the memorial.

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