Escaping the big smoke for rural lifestyle
IT WAS a decision to get out of the rat race for Degilbo resident Carol Miller as she flew from Sydney to the North Burnett in 2011.
Mrs Miller said living in Sydney for years was great but nothing compared to her new life as a group leader for the Biggenden SES.
"I was looking around on the internet for a new place to go as I wanted to leave the city for a small town and came across Degilbo,” Mrs Miller said.
"I worked for Ford and then Liquor land in Sydney and just wanted a change of scenery, it was becoming too much of a rat race for me.”
Mrs Miller said she loves her community in Degilbo.
"I wouldn't go back to Sydney, I love Degilbo, it's a very lovely community and it's good as everyone knows everyone,” she said.
For the past five years Mrs Miller has volunteered with the Biggenden SES and has learnt a wide range of skills.
"I've learnt that we're one big happy family, things like using a chainsaw, how to drive a 4WD through water, conducting land searches and boat exercises are a number of things I've done over the years,” Mrs Miller said.
"The SES look after you, it's an exciting team we have but we're looking for more members to join in the new year.”
Mrs Miller has covered some of the worst cyclones since she joined.
"I've covered Debbie and Marcia which were pretty bad cyclones but I wasn't involved in the 2013 floods,” she said.
"I just love helping out the community, you feel good about yourself and your contributing something to society.”
Mrs Miller has also been involved with several initiatives with the Biggenden team.
"I've had the opportunity to go to the Brisbane Ekka with the SES and also the Home Show held at the convention centre earlier this year,” she said.
"The home show was in partnership with the QFES and you go and talk to people, answering questions and it's that sort of thing I enjoy.”
Mrs Miller is a very social person and loves attending events around the region.
"I like my bingo, travelling and socialising,” she said.
"One of my highlights would have to be my team winning the state award for the 'unit of the year in 2015, it was a very proud moment for all of us.”
Mrs Miller is encouraging people passionate about helping the community to join the Biggenden SES.