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Man protests 'unfair' suspension by emergency service

PROTEST: Peter Benson outside the Central Highlands Regional Council building on Monday.
PROTEST: Peter Benson outside the Central Highlands Regional Council building on Monday. Tara Miko Emeprotest

A ONE-MAN protest was staged in front of the Central Highlands Council Chamber on Monday, by an Emerald man calling to be reinstated to the State Emergency Services.

Peter Benson was suspended from the SES on November 9, via a letter from Emergency Management Queensland regional director Wayne Hepple, citing concerns about Mr Benson's behaviour following a number of complaints from fellow volunteers.

"These complaints include allegations of aggressive behaviour, a lack of respect, and intimidation towards other members," Mr Hepple wrote in the letter.

But Mr Benson said the claims were false, and in turn has accused the SES and EMQ of bullying, unjust and unfair behaviour toward him.

"It is completely unfair and unjust the way I am being treated," Mr Benson said at the protest.

"When the community needed it I was there to help during the floods while my own house and everything I own was destroyed.

"But when I asked for help from the SES, they said no, it was too late."

Mr Hepple said he was aware of the issues, but because he had failed to reply in writing by Monday, the suspension from the SES remained in place.


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