Three cheers for hard-working SES

Lismore SES Unit controller Lindsay Matterson (front) with members of the Lismore SES Unit, which won the Australia Day award for Community Services (Group). Lindsay was also honoured with one of just four Emergency Services Medal (ESM) presented in NSW on Australia Day.

Not only was Lindsay instrumental in securing the SESs new $1.2 million headquarters, but hes also been rather busy in recent months battling a hailstorm, flood and tornado.

When I was first told it was a bit of a shock I dont particularly like being singled out, said Lindsay. Its all about teamwork and its a group effort, so when the team got the Community Services award I felt a little better. Weve had a lot of help from other emergency services, but we still had over 30 per cent of the states total call-outs for the month of October alone. And weve been going pretty well full charge since then I know families have been under strain and employers of volunteers have had to cope without their staff. Im tremendously proud of the team and everyone whos supported them.


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