REPRESENTING THE REGION: Acting commissioner Mike Wassing with North Burnett SES local controller Brian Lowe.
REPRESENTING THE REGION: Acting commissioner Mike Wassing with North Burnett SES local controller Brian Lowe. Contributed

Relationship with local government 'appreciated': SES

NORTH Burnett's SES local controller has said he "waits with interest” the result of a review of the SES's current funding model, which was previewed at the biannual SES State Conference in Townsville last month.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford announced the review will be undertaken following a submission by the Local Government Association of Queensland to transition from a shared model between State and Local governments, to primary responsibility resting with the State Government.

"I do wait with interest the review on the current funding arrangement between State Government and regional councils,” SES local controller Brian Lowe said.

"The North Burnett Regional Council offers great support and responses to requests from the North Burnett SES unit and I would appreciate that valued relationship continuing long into the future.

"Should the State Government give more financial support to the regional councils I feel the councils are better positioned to assist their regional SES unit.”

SES State Conference in Townsville.
SES State Conference in Townsville. Contributed

Acting commissioner Mike Wassing said the review will involve "extensive” consultation with SES groups and units, as well as local government and other disaster management stakeholders.

Mr Lowe said the conference covered topics such as leadership, mental health training, information regarding an ongoing radio system upgrade, how solar panels affect the application of temporary roofs, upgrades to training programs, especially flood boat operations, and the value of drones as an operational tool.

Mr Lowe said the mental health training was "long overdue”.

"It's extremely important volunteers understand the mental pressures they may confront as a SES member,” he said.

Mr Lowe said the biannual event is "welcomed” by local controllers.

"It gives them the opportunity to be involved in the future direction of the SES,” he said.


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