Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has endorsed a recommendation from the State Emergency Service (SES) Regional Controller for the re-appointment of Frank Turner as Local Controller of the Liverpool Plains Unit.
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said the NSW SES Act requires the appointment of all Unit and Local Controllers every two years. All NSW Controllers are appointed by the Commissioner of the NSW SES upon the recommendation of Council and Regional Controller.
“We are very fortunate to have Frank as the Local Controller. He is one of the longest serving NSW SES volunteers and earlier this year he was recognised with the presentation of his 50 year long service award.
“Frank joined the SES as a young teen in Dubbo in 1966 and came to Quirindi in 1986. He has been the SES Local Controller since 1989. His experience and commitment is outstanding. Amongst other things he was part of a relief team that went to Darwin after Cyclone Tracy in 1975 and in 1986 he rescued 27 people from the river during the Nyngan flood.
“He played an important role developing procedures for flood boat rescue operations, when flood boats were introduced into the NSW SES. As Local Controller he has been heavily involved in developing flood response plans and communication strategies to warn communities about emergencies across the Shire,” Councillor Hope said.
“Frank has a couple of dedicated volunteers on his team but could certainly do with some more local people joining the SES. Anybody who cares about their community can find a role in the organisation. There are many roles that a NSW SES volunteer can do, from on-the-ground work to operational support roles including media liaison and community engagement.
“Applications to become a NSW SES volunteer can be found online at;
https://eforms.ses.nsw.gov.au/public/forms/index.html?formname=ZSES_MEMBERSHIP_APPL#page|%7B%22id%22%3A%22Form%22%7D|id-1503883743958-5|0. For further information on volunteering, you can call 1800 201 000 or contact your local NSW SES volunteer unit and arrange a time to drop in and discuss your interest,” he continued.
“On behalf of Council and the wider community I’d like to congratulate Frank on his reappointment as Local SES Controller and to thank him for the years of service and dedication he has put in to helping keep our Shire safe,” Councillor Hope concluded.