Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that 4 finalists from across the Hunter have been named out of 24 NSW finalists for the 2018 Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards;
- Rev Richard Wrightson, Marine Rescue NSW, Lake Macquarie
- Mr Paul Vowels, NSW Ambulance, Beresfield
- Inspector Glenn Byrnes, NSW Rural Fire Service, East Maitland
- Mr Les Goldie, NSW Rural Fire Service, Kearsley
“These finalists have been chosen for their character and outstanding service for a combined 128 years to their organisations,” Mr MacDonald said.
“On behalf of the communities across the Hunter I thank them all for their dedication and commitment to our community and wish them all the best for the Awards Presentation Dinner when the winners will be announced.”
Finalists come from Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service, Marine Rescue NSW and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the awards shine a light on the outstanding contribution of emergency services men and women across the state.
“These awards celebrate the outstanding commitment, sacrifice and spirit of service. As a community it is important that we take the time to acknowledge and thank volunteers and personnel who give so much of themselves and ask so little in return,” Mr Grant said.
“As a state we are hugely indebted to all our emergency services men and women. We should never take for granted their commitment to protecting us and it is important that we acknowledge the unsung heroes who repeatedly go above and beyond.”
Mr Grant announced the creation of a $1,000 Dorothy Hennessy Emergency Services Youth scholarship for a volunteer aged up to 21 for training and educational materials or equipment.
“This scholarship celebrates our young volunteers and honours the outstanding contribution of an individual in providing support to their community.”
Winners for each service, plus two special winners for NSW, and the young volunteer will be announced at an Awards Presentation Dinner, at the Bankstown Sports Club on 1st June 2018.
Family, friends, supporters and the general public are invited to attend the presentation dinner. Tickets can purchased at: www.RotaryESCawards.org.au.