Gary Sands years of service recognised

New Central Highlands SES local controller Gary Sands.
New Central Highlands SES local controller Gary Sands.

RADIO personality Gary Sands has been appointed as Central Highlands SES local controller.

Mr Sands was previously a member of the Emerald SES in 2008, before relocating to Roma in 2009.

During his time there he was elected to the State Emergency Service Volunteer Executive Committee for the Roma area.

Mr Sands' full-time occupation is a broadcaster with 4HI in Emerald.

He is well known to the community as Gazza.

"Gazza is very well known in Emerald and across the Highlands, and we welcome him into this important role," Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire said.

"He's bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge.

"While he was in Roma he was involved in many SES activations, including floods across the south west.

"He has already demonstrated a strong commitment to his community through his work for community events such as Relay for Life and now by taking up this very important role as Local Controller for Central Highlands SES."

Mr Sands received an SES Week award for Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to the Roma community for his work through the March, 2010, floods.

He was appointed to the position by CHRC Emergency Management co-ordinator Glenn Bell.

After 20 years working in emergency services including five years as disaster management officer for Emergency Management Queensland, Glenn took up the job after helping out with the 2008 and 2010 flooding events.

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