Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (09:53): I rise today to say a special thanks to Victoria State Emergency Service.
They are the unsung and unseen heroes who respond to flood and storm emergencies and provide the largest road rescue network in Australia. The SES is made up of 95 per cent volunteers, with over 5000 specialist trained people supporting 200 staff in 149 units across our state.
This week I rose to thank the Victorian SES volunteers for their efforts this year, in particular the team at Manningham SES do an amazing job in our communi…
These volunteer teams have had an incredibly busy start to 2020. Over 80 per cent of their volunteer base was out assisting with the devastating bushfires in the eastern regions and responding to calls for assistance during the severe weather and storms that hit our state.
On Sunday, 19 January, hailstones the size of golf balls rained down on Melbourne. In my region, Manningham, the SES were called to more than 450 incidents that day, with the hardest hit suburbs being Warrandyte, Doncaster East, Templestowe, Doncaster and Bulleen.
The ceiling caved in at the Woolworths in Templestowe, and my own office in Doncaster was flooded that day.
The team at Manningham SES do an amazing job in our community, and they deserve our gratitude and support. They also need more volunteers, and I would encourage those in our community who can to make contact and see how they can be involved.
More information at https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/volunteer