SES volunteers help ferry basic grocery items across a flooded Mary River to stranded Southside residents last year.
SES volunteers help ferry basic grocery items across a flooded Mary River to stranded Southside residents last year. Renee Pilcher

Massive effort by SES volunteers

THE mighty and devastating floods which hit the whole Gympie Region just over a year ago were not enough to prevent the State Emergency Service from doing its vital work.

In Gympie, medicines and other emergency supplies made it across to what had become Southside Island, thanks to the SES and its flood boats.

But the SES role was even more vital in western districts, with Goomeri also turned into an island.

Some residents self-evacuated and several shops were inundated.

"The Goomeri SES did a tremendous job," Local Disaster Management Group chairman Tony Perrett said this week.

"They are unsung heroes who didn't get a lot of mention."

Kilkivan volunteers also worked with residents to relieve the isolation of many residents, with roads washed away in many places.

In the Mary Valley, residents took to the heritage railway track and, train or no train, relied on muscle power to deliver urgently needed goods to Kandanga.

Gympie Region SES volunteers had already put in a hard week, helping nearby flood victims, even before the waters rose in Gympie and Goomeri, flooding down to Kilkivan and Woolooga.

Many Gympie volunteers had helped in Bundaberg before returning here.

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