National SES Week

Truckload of Thanks for SES volunteers

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers will travel across south east Queensland next week as part of a road trip to celebrate National SES Week 2012.

With the support of NRMA Insurance, the ‘Truckload of Thanks’ tour will see SES volunteers leave from Murgon, west of Gympie, on Monday and travel by road through Wondai, Kingaroy, Nanango and Blackbutt.

The road crew will arrive in Brisbane on Saturday, where an SES rescue competition will take place at the Emergency Services Complex in Kedron.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Regional Director for South Eastern Region Mike Shapland said the ‘Truckload of Thanks’ tour was a fantastic opportunity for Queenslanders in the south east to say thank you to the SES when they stop in their town.

“National SES Week is a time each year when Queenslanders stop to recognise the work of our volunteers so it’s great to see the tour pass through so many communities who have experienced the helping hand of our selfless SES volunteers first-hand,” Mr Shapland said.

“Large banners will cover the vehicles and residents will be asked to sign the banners to show their thanks to Queensland’s SES volunteers.

“Local identities, SES volunteers and SES supporters will also be on-hand at many of the locations and many of the stops will include skills demonstrations by our very talented volunteers, including flood boat rescue, chainsaw and land search operations.”

Mr Shapland said the tour was taking place exactly two years after the Queensland floods and was a timely reminder of the devastation severe weather could bring.

“Residents in the South Burnett and Nanango areas are not strangers to severe weather and the SES were on hand to help out during flooding events in these areas in recent years,” he said.

“I encourage locals to stop by, join in the breakfast BBQ, which will happen at each stop, and take the time to sign the truck’s banners to show their support.”

NRMA Insurance Community & Sustainability Manager Megan Lupton said sending a message of thanks to SES volunteers was a great way to let them know just how much their hard work meant.

“We are proud to work with the Queensland SES, who help communities recover from severe weather and provide support in trying times,” Ms Lupton said.

The Queensland SES is proudly supported by Major Partner NRMA Insurance, who were a contributor to the ‘Truckload of Thanks tour’ among other important activities to support volunteers.

Mr Shapland thanked NRMA Insurance and South Burnett Regional Council for their financial assistance and support of the initiative.

Media are invited to attend all opportunities and support their local SES for this year’s National SES Week.

The list of events are below:

  • Monday, 12 November - Murgon (Murgon Visitor Information Centre; Bjelke-Petersen Dam spillway boat ramp)
  • Tuesday, 13 November - Wondai (Wondai Visitor Information Centre)
  • Wednesday, 14 November - Kingaroy (Kingaroy Town Hall; Kingaroy SES HQ)
  • Thursday, 15 November - Nanango (Reg McCallum Park)
  • Friday, 16 November - Blackbutt (Blackbutt Visitor Information Centre)
  • Saturday, 17 November - Kedron, Brisbane (Emergency Services Complex)

Queensland goes orange for National SES Week

Some of Queensland’s most iconic landmarks will show their support for State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers when they ‘light up’ orange for National SES Week (12 to 18 November 2012).

Orange lights will beam from the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck on the Gold Coast and Jupiters Casino in Townsville while the Brisbane River will reflect the illuminations of the Treasury Casino, the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges and the Wheel of Brisbane.

The Wheel of Brisbane opened just 10 days after the 2011 floods inundated the structure thanks to the hard work of dedicated SES volunteers. The Wheel will light up orange to say thanks to the volunteers who got it back up-and-running during this time.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Assistant Director-General Bruce Grady said the Queensland SES were incredibly grateful for the support received this National SES Week.

“The week provides a great opportunity for all Queenslanders to acknowledge the tremendous work of our SES volunteers and it’s great to see so many of Queensland’s iconic buildings show their support,” Mr Grady said.

“The distinctive orange SES uniform is worn by volunteers who donate thousands of hours each year to their communities and has come to symbolise the strength of community spirit in Queensland.

“It’s fitting for Queensland’s most iconic buildings to be illuminated in orange, especially those buildings impacted by severe weather in the past, to say thank you and acknowledge the great work our SES volunteers do.”

NRMA Insurance Community & Sustainability Manager, Megan Lupton, said SES volunteers are invaluable in helping QLD recover from severe weather.

“We have seen up close the devastation severe weather can bring. We are proud to work with the QLD SES and wish to say a huge thank you to the volunteers for their role in our communities,” Ms Lupton said.

The below Qld SES supporters will illuminate their buildings and bridges orange from 10 – 18 November (unless stated otherwise):

  • King George Square, Brisbane;
  • Treasury Casino, Brisbane;
  • The Wheel of Brisbane, Brisbane;
  • Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges, Brisbane;
  • Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck, Gold Coast (Wednesday, 14 November only); and
  • Jupiters Casino, Townsville.