Gippsland South The Nationals SES Danny O'Brien thank you first responders floods

Thank you to our first responders

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has issued a heartfelt thank you to first responders after the storm and flood events this week.

Mr O’Brien said volunteers from the State Emergency Service (SES) in particular deserve credit for their hours of selfless work on behalf of the community.

“As I’ve travelled round over the last couple of days the orange suits have been ubiquitous with our SES volunteers working night and day to help people with damage to their homes, clear fallen trees and assist with the clean-up and emergency operations.

“Likewise our police, staff from state government agencies and local council workers have worked very hard day and night to keep us all safe and get roads re-opened.

“I’m also very grateful to have had the support of many SES volunteers from the metropolitan area who have given up their time to come and help us in our time of need.”

Mr O’Brien also extended his thanks to hard working technicians from AusNet Services who had been put under huge pressure after more than 200,000 customers lost power.

“I appreciate this has been very challenging particularly for those who were without electricity for a number of days, and I thank AusNet Services for doing its best to help people get reconnected as quickly as possible.”

Mr O’Brien said community spirit had again shone through during the storm and flood crisis.

“We’ve seen neighbours looking after neighbours, we’ve had cows being milked in neighbouring dairies when power was unavailable.  We’ve seen people putting in time to clear roads and remove trees.

“At the time of writing it looks like the flood damage in Wellington and South Gippsland Shires will be minimal but there will be somewhat of a clean-up effort for months to come.

“I thank all of the members of our community for their work and in particular those that give up their time to volunteer and keep us all safe.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien and a flooded Flynns Creek at Flynn.


11 June 2021

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