Back row - Gail Nixon, Robbie Medlin, Judy McDonald, Mayor Peter Maguire, Gordon Batts, Barry Spooner and Patrick Downing. Front row - Michael Vale, Matthew Thomas and Pat Kooyman.
Back row - Gail Nixon, Robbie Medlin, Judy McDonald, Mayor Peter Maguire, Gordon Batts, Barry Spooner and Patrick Downing. Front row - Michael Vale, Matthew Thomas and Pat Kooyman.

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NINE long-serving Queensland State Emergency Service volunteers from the Central Highlands have been honoured for their dedication to the community at a presentation ceremony held at the Emerald SES headquarters.

Emergency Management Queensland Rockhampton area director Patrick Downing acknowledged 25 years meritorious service award recipients Barry Spooner, Gail Nixon and Pat Kooyman from the Springsure SES group.

Springsure’s Matthew Thomas received a 15-year meritorious award, with 10-year meritorious awards going to Gordon Batts (Gemfields SES), Michael Vale (Emerald SES) and Judy McDonald (Emerald SES).

Emerald’s Gary Plate and George Thomson Jnr were unable to attend to receive their 10-years meritorious service awards, which were accepted by local controller Ms McDonald on their behalf.

Meritorious Service Medals and clasps recognise “active, dedicated and diligent” service by members of the Queensland SES.

Some of the volunteers recognised not only contributed to the work of the SES in the Central Highlands and surrounding areas, but also assisted in disasters throughout Queensland.

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire attended the ceremony and also congratulated the commitment of the volunteers to serve their communities.

“The fact they are able to provide this essential service to their local areas and beyond is something that we should all be very grateful for. To recognise these long-serving volunteers for their ongoing service is very important for us all,” he said. “SES volunteers play an important role in communities throughout Queensland. They can be called upon at any time of the day or night to help others in need. Their willingness to serve was amply demonstrated to us in December and January. The council is proud of its role in supporting volunteer organisations, and our direct relationship with the SES is critical in providing practical aid to people in emergencies.”

The medals were presented by EMQ regional director Robbie Medlin.


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