The Nationals Gippsland South Emergency Services Volunteers

O’Brien recognises emergency service volunteers

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has used the final 2017 sitting of State Parliament to thank our emergency service workers and volunteers ahead of the busy summer season.

Mr O’Brien told Parliament that while many of us relax and enjoy the holidays, we should spare a thought for emergency services staff who are working to keep us safe.

“As we head into the summer holiday period I would like to thank in advance all those that will work to keep us safe over summer, especially our emergency services workers, medical and nursing staff and of course the many wonderful volunteers who give so tirelessly for their communities.

“This includes our CFA, ambulance and SES volunteers and of course on the beaches, the great work of our surf lifesavers – the many people young and not-so-young who patrol the beaches and keep them safe,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I thank you in advance on behalf of all the people of Gippsland South for the selfless work you do.”

Mr O’Brien is also urging Gippslanders to play it safe by the water this summer.

“As the weather warms up many of us will be looking to cool off in the water, whether it is a pool, creek, river or the beach,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Our surf lifesavers do an amazing job, but they need your help, so please listen to their advice, always swim between the flags, never swim alone and never swim when intoxicated.

“We are fortunate to have so many wonderful beaches and waterways throughout Gippsland South to be enjoyed this summer including Wilsons Promontory, Venus Bay, Walkerville, Sandy Point, Woodside, Seaspray, Paradise Beach, Golden Beach and Loch Sport.

“There’s a lot to enjoy throughout Gippsland over the summer, please enjoy it responsibly.”

For more information about water safety visit www.watersafety.vic.gov.au

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Caption 1: The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with president of Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club, James Brown.

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Caption 2: The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with members of Yarram Fire Brigade.

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