Wednesday night I attended a thank you ceremony for SES volunteers who went to Newcastle and the Hunter to help with the evacuations, flooding and severe storm damage that recently occured in that region.
Minister Corbell gave a short speech thanking the volunteers and emphasising the fact that, for such a small place, canberra can be proud to be able to put together such a task force in such a short time. he also commented upon the professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication of members who often worked 10-12 hour shifts in trying conditions.
Tony Castle reiterrated this.
After the short speeches the crews were able to partake of nibblies and beers, etc, while Mr Corbell circulated and spoke with everyone. I must say his interest was genuine. Photographs were taken and all had a good time.
From the volunteers, who get precious little recognition, I would have say that we appreciate this small gesture.