NEW ROLE: Biggenden's Brian Lowe is the newly appointedNorth Burnett SES Local Controller. Photo Erica Murree / Central & North Burnett Times
NEW ROLE: Biggenden's Brian Lowe is the newly appointedNorth Burnett SES Local Controller. Photo Erica Murree / Central & North Burnett Times Erica Murree

Brian has got everything under control

CONTINUING to move forward as one unit is the aim of newly appointed North Burnett SES local controller Brian Lowe.

The former Biggenden controller, who acted in the role since April this year, was appointed to the position full-time mid-August following a lengthy selection process.

Mr Lowe said with six SES groups throughout the North Burnett he was forever on the move, travelling to other communities throughout the North Burnett and the Wide Bay area.

"I am already spending 25-30 hours per week in my new role," he said. "There are training sessions to manage, seminars and conferences to attend, council meetings, community events and the monthly meeting with the North Burnett SES group leaders.

"This is to ensure we are all on the same page in preparing for any disasters that may occur."

As an SES community educator, he plans to hold a series of public awareness talks in each town prior to the storm season.

"This is to inform the community on how they can prepare their homes and themselves for any event that may occur," he said.

"This will consist of a short video and power point presentation along with a community educator from the Queensland Rural Fire Service.

"These talks are fully supported by the North Burnett Regional Council and are planned to be held in conjunction with the council's upcoming street fairs."

In other news the Mt Perry SES group will undertake extensive training in road crash rescue early next year.

"This is another positive move for the North Burnett SES Unit," Mr Lowe said.

The new controller said working closely with the North Burnett Regional Council on both regional and local disaster management group plans strengthened the commitment between the two bodies in planning for any future events.

"The council have been great supporters of the SES throughout the North Burnett and this has made our role within the community much easier," he said.

The SES welcomes all new members and membership enquiries can be made to sescontroller@north burnett.qld.gov.au at any time.


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