Sharn Pogan and Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh.
Sharn Pogan and Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh. Amani Vassiliou

Three cheers for local SES

IT WAS a well-earned night of celebration for the Western Downs SES last Friday as the units gathered for the inaugural recognition and awards evening.

The special night held at the Miles Bowls Club saw SES groups from Miles, Tara, Chinchilla, Dalby and Jandowae celebrated for their achievements, development and overwhelming growth in membership.

Western Downs SES local Controller Sharn Pogan said the night was an important step for the SES.

"Our members, our units and our community recognise that we do what we do as volunteers... our volunteers are special in that their commitment comes from a desire to help others and a desire to help our communities in their time of need,” she said.

This was a point acknowledged by Miles Police Officer in Charge Sergeant Werner Crous who said "the SES are the people that we call on when times are bad, when the community needs assistance, they are the ones that get the job done when no-one else will...often selflessly”.

Award recipients included Jayden Hughes of Tara and Barry Kerr of the Chinchilla SES who received an Applied Skills Award, following their involvement in a trail ride accident.

Barry Kerr also received a Devotion Award for his consistent and dedicated involvement within SES.

The 26-year volunteer service history of Miles SES group leader Stephen Long was acknowledged with a Leadership Award.

Dalby SES unit's Dexter Smith bagged a Community Service Award for his feedback from community members and participation.

A surprise to many came in the form of Scott Pogan being awarded an assistant commissioners certificate of appreciation for his ongoing support and assistance to the Western Downs SES.


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