Seven SES volunteers are currently helping the clean-up effort in Innisfail and Townsville.
Seven SES volunteers are currently helping the clean-up effort in Innisfail and Townsville.

Selfless volunteers coming home

THE bright orange outfits of the SES stand out during the clean-up of cyclone-ravaged north – and among those in the thick of it are seven Warwick volunteers.

Five Warwick SES volunteers have been stationed in Innisfail since Monday while a further two have been helping clean up Townsville and local controller John Newley said it had been going well.

“We’re doing things like tarping roofs, cutting trees up and clearing driveways from debris,” he said.

“There’s still a lot to do – there’s a fair bit of damage. It’s very similar to what we saw in Cyclone Larry.

“There’s a lot of houses with their roofs off, some completely and some partly and all the foliage in the jungles have been just stripped in places.”

Mr Newley said their work had been greatly appreciated by all the northern residents.

“They’re fairly resilient up here, but we ran across some residents today that are emotionally doing it pretty tough,” he said.

“They’re quite happy to see us and are very grateful for the work we do. We do as much work as we do talk to them and make sure their emotional wellbeing is being looked after as well.”

The seven Warwick SES volunteers are rostered on for five days and are due to arrive back in Warwick tomorrow.


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