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Lake Mac, Hunter SES volunteers recognised for outstanding service

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NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) volunteers from Lake Macquarie and the Hunter have been recognised for their outstanding service.

Among the recipients were 79 members, including several from the Central Coast, Cooranbong, Lake Macquarie City, Swansea, City of Newcastle, Port Stephens and Tomaree units, who boast a combined total of 915 years between them.

They received numerous accolades, medals and clasps for their commitment to their communities at the Lake Macquarie City and Hunter Cluster Awards.

One highlight was a special presentation to Christine Speer.

The Local Commander of the NSW SES Lake Macquarie City Cluster received lifetime membership of the NSW SES, in recognition of her marvellous contribution over a prolonged period.

Ms Speer, who joined the organisation 42 years ago, has served on the frontline during some of the most significant emergency events of the past four decades, including the 2007 Pasha Bulker storm and the 2017 Lismore floods.

In 2021, she was named Lake Mac Volunteer of the Year award.

NSW SES Deputy Commissioner Daniel Austin said the long-serving members were an example to all their volunteers. 

“There’s nothing the NSW SES values more than our people,” he explained.

“Those who received awards exemplify the standards by which we hold ourselves and the dedication to serving our community.”

Also recognised was the NSW SES Wyong Unit, which received the Commissioner’s Certificate of Recognition for support during the March 2021 floods. 

“It was in these events that the SES volunteers of the Central Coast showed their character,” Deputy Commissioner Austin said.

“We have seen incredible acts of service, bravery and community spirit over the years.

“So, I am pleased to be able to join in recognising and celebrating these wonderful volunteers.”

Andrew Warnest, from the Wyong Unit, secured a National Medal.

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