Community Wears Orange In Support Of WOW Day

L-R Mayor Tony Williams, local SES volunteers and Local SES Controller Eddie Cowie  (1 of 1).jpg

Kershaw Gardens was a sea of orange this morning as part of a national day encouraging communities to don an orange outfit in support of their local SES volunteers.

Wear Orange Wednesday was recognised at a free barbecue breakfast with Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Tony Williams praising those who showed support by wearing orange.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to show our gratitude to the SES volunteers who work tirelessly all year-round,” Mayor Williams said.

“We are incredibly lucky to have three dedicated and long-term SES groups in our region with bases in Rockhampton, Gracemere and Mount Morgan, with over 120 volunteers combined.

“These volunteers do so much for our area, and we have seen this first-hand during various natural disasters our region has experienced.

“The skills, dedication and support provided by all the agencies during disasters, including SES, Queensland Fire and Rescue, Rural Fire Service and Queensland Police Service, are invaluable.”

Deputy Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Councillor Drew Wickerson said WOW Day is an annual initiative that always brings a smile to his face.

“I am proud Council is involved with WOW Day each year as it is a great opportunity to display our appreciation,” Cr Wickerson said.

“Their commitment to protecting and supporting our region is outstanding – they are an important part of our community.”

Local SES Controller Eddie Cowie said Wear Orange Wednesday also brings the opportunity to welcome prospective new recruits.

“We have a strong volunteer base across the three groups in our SES Unit, but there is always room for more,” Mr Cowie said.

“We are always keen to welcome new SES recruits.

“If you like the outdoors, are fit and healthy, and meet the joining criteria needed to become an SES recruit, we would love to chat with you.

“Many recruits bring their life experiences to the group, creating a strong link when working as a team.”

Community members interested in volunteering can contact Mr Cowie at 0447 932 496 or visit

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