Generous volunteers offer a helping hand to community
MARYBOROUGH MP Anne Maddern was part of the fan club at the Gympie Civic Centre yesterday when some of our best volunteers and community safety workers received Australia Day awards.
Mrs Maddern presented "12 fine men and women" from emergency and corrective services with Australia Day awards for selfless and compassionate service.
And the awards did not miss some of the volunteers whose contribution was not directly related to membership of any particular emergency service.
People like Veteran's Neil Brock, who was recognised for his fine work in helping retrofit diesel powered equipment to fire brigade vehicles joined others like Trevor Keiler, Pauline Freeman, Jan Scott and Darryl Zeith were thanked for their irreplaceable support efforts.
Mr Keiler, of Keiler's Car and Commercial at Eidsvold, was recognised for his support for the town's auxiliary fire station.
Ms Freeman and Ms Scott, of the Starburst diner at Gin Gin, were thanked for their support, as was Mr Zeith of DJ's Steel and Concrete, Monto, for his auxiliary fire station support.
Bauple Rural Fire Brigade's Bob Maxwell was also among recipients of the special awards.
Department of Community Safety director-general Kelvin Anderson was represented by Queensland Corrective Services Commissioner Marlene but put his praise in writing, particularly for ex-Gympie fire fighter Rob Frey, now Queensland Fire and Rescue Service station officer at Caloundra, described as "an inspiration to colleagues".