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ACT SES involved in Newcastle floods

By Thumper 15 June 2007 14

As all would know, Newcastle and surrounding districts have been rather innundated with water.

The ESA website has put up a bulletin detailing the ACT SES involvement in the floods and clean up.

The place is a mess and they have a very large boat on one of their beaches.

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plane 11:58 am 24 Jun 07

Well, I got to play with a crane – not a 25t, but a 50t instead 🙂

Thankfully the weather Thumper posted about above didn’t eventuate, and it gave us ACT crews a chance to finish the jobs in our sector.

As for Ingeegoodbee’s comment, yep there were plenty of good crews left in ACT if anything needed to be done – many with new skills learnt in Newcastle, that will serve us really well if unfortunate events happen here (ie many of the trees that came down in Newcastle make the big canberra trees look like saplings….)

Ingeegoodbee 12:24 pm 19 Jun 07

I hope they don’t send all the good folk up there Thumper – the MoM has issued an extreme weather alert for NSW and the ACT – we might need some help here …

Thumper 12:20 pm 19 Jun 07

Another ACT crew will be heading up there tomorrow. That will be TF 5 or 6.

NSW (Newcastle, Sydney, Woolongong) arre expected to hammered by more bad weather.

ant 12:05 pm 19 Jun 07

Damn you Thumper, now I’ll have that song in my head all day!

Thumper 8:46 am 19 Jun 07


‘Team Canberra’

F*ck yeah…

Thumper 8:45 am 19 Jun 07

Hey that’s excellent!

I found Newcastle to be a friendly place. Nice people, nice waitresses, etc.

(Hi Cindy…)

And apparently we are to get a gong out of all of this. (Yay, another to get mounted on the rack…)

plane 4:10 pm 18 Jun 07

Latest update: The ACTSES guys and gals are going to be publicly thanked at the Raiders vs Newcastle game up there tonight.

Vic Bitterman 7:21 pm 17 Jun 07

Well done to everyone in the SES. Legends and local heros, all of them!

plane 11:17 am 16 Jun 07

I’m sitting here listening to the comms that guys are using up there, and there playing with 25tonne cranes.

I wanna play with 25 tonne cranes… I wanna, I wanna, I wanna…


Thumper 10:23 am 16 Jun 07

Yeah plane,

I was in the second task force mate…


ahennell 8:54 am 16 Jun 07

As the NSW SES Media Officer who did most of the interviews and warnings on the Sunday, I made a special mention that “ACT State Emergency Service were the first outside agency to offer assistance, sending crews the moment the flood warnings were realised”. Being an ACT resident how could I not? 🙂

But the ACTSES crews did a magnificent job – for such a small service, the skills, knowledge and attitude was equal with the best. Congrats and thanks!

(I’m now back at my day job in Canberra)

ant 9:33 pm 15 Jun 07

I hope they have “CANBERRA” all over their uniforms.

We ought to get that boat. Drag it down to Jervis Bay.

The SES (and the volly fire brigade) are a very special thing we have here in Australia.

futto 6:58 pm 15 Jun 07

I remember seeing the ACT guys on the news in Newcastle.

Nice work, Team Canberra

plane 5:01 pm 15 Jun 07

Thanks for posting this Thumper. The Bulletin refers to the first ACT SES Task Force, that went up on Saturday, and stayed till Monday. The second task force went up on Monday and returned last night. TF3 is currently in Newcastle, and is expected to return on Sunday, when they will be relieved by a fourth crew. From quick calculations that means more than 100 ACT SES Volunteers (me included) and 4 staff so far, have given up at least 3 each days to go up to the Hunter Region and help out.

A big thanks to all my fellow “orange scurry monkeys” as one staffer puts it, as well as to the members of the NSW SES who hosted us, and the other agencies that assisted.

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