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4 July, 2021

SES tooled up with new ATV

STATE EMERGENCY Service (SES) crews in Mackay have received a new Kawasaki Mule ATV to complement their existing fleet.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson presented the SES unit with the $38,000 vehicle, which he said would help the region with emergency recovery and support.

The ATV is far smaller and faster than their existing four-wheel drives and can reach more areas, and it still has the power to tow boats.

“It’s absolutely imperative that, as a council, we can rely on the investment we made for SES locally,” Mayor Williamson said.

“We’re quite clear – we have ... a understanding council supplies mules like this and sheds and vehicles – we also fund the SES controller.

“This is really quite an important occasion for us. We don’t often get a chance to come out to the SES and say how proud we as a council, of what you do in the region.

“From a council perspective, and as the chair of the local disaster management group, I know that we couldn’t what we do, in terms of emergency turn out in this region, without SES.”

Mayor Williamson pointed out the impor- tance of each SES member and the difference they make for the region.

“Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES), SES (and) Local Disaster Management (are) all working together to make sure that we get through whatever’s in front of us,” he said.

Local controller Alex McPhee said he was thankful for the investment Council had made, along with some of the other equipment they received.

“Part of the initial (state) funding (is) they put some extra funding out across the state this year, and will continue in future years,” Mr McPhee said.

“As part of that, (we got) two smart tv’s tonight – one for Mirani SES and one for Sarina SES to use in their sheds.”

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