News

SES needs a new shed

DONATION: Ballina SES local unit controller Gerry Burnage (second from right) and volunteers, accept a cheque from Ballina-on-Richmond Rotarians (from left) Col Lee, Milton Colburt and Trevor Emery.
DONATION: Ballina SES local unit controller Gerry Burnage (second from right) and volunteers, accept a cheque from Ballina-on-Richmond Rotarians (from left) Col Lee, Milton Colburt and Trevor Emery.

IT'S State Emergency Service awareness week, and local SES volunteers want people to be just that ... aware.

Ballina's local unit controller Gerry Burnage, said everyone could be more aware of road conditions when driving - SES volunteers are called out to road accidents - and with the storm season approaching, they should be aware, making preparations to homes to help reduce the risk of damage in strong winds - such as cleaning out gutters and keeping yards clear of loose debris.

Mr Burnage said the community could also be aware that the Ballina SES unit has 60 volunteers - the most in its history - and they were now fundraising to build a new shed so training could be undertaken inside. Volunteers have to move equipment out of the shed so they can train inside.

The initial plan for the new headquarters, on Angels Beach Dr, was to build a mezzanine level on the existing shed. However, it has become necessary to build a new shed, at a cost of about $500,000.

The Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond made the SES the beneficiary of this year's Fine Food and Wine Festival, the Rotarians handing over $8250.

Rotarian Milton Colburt said SES volunteers were "unsung heroes" of the community.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Road spikes end dangerous police chase on Pacific Highway

Highway patrol arrested a man after a 30 minute pursuit near Ballina.

Drunk driver leads police on 30-minute chase

Only 10 grams in it for first place in bass pro grand final

Fishing at Fawcett Park, Ballina.

Forster fisherman just narrowly beats former Casino local

Superdeafy on screen this weekend

American actor John Maucere as Superdeafy in the film No Ordinary Hero : The Super Deafy Story.

Enjoy this film in Ballina with your hearing impaired friends

Local Partners