Queanbeyan SES volunteers honoured with Australia Day awards

27 January 2015

Four members of the Queanbeyan SES have been honoured for their commitment to the community with Australia Day awards at Queanbeyan's Australia Day awards in Queanbeyan Park.

Long-serving SES members Andrew Darman and Alan Jones were named the Queanbeyan Citizens of the Year, while young members Brent Hunter and Andrew Daniels were named the Young Citizens of the Year.

Other Australia Day award winners announced at the celebrations were:

  • Community Service Group of the Year - Queanbeyan Hospital Auxiliary
  • Event of the Year - Pink Party

In addition to the Australia Day awards, Father Kevin Flynn and the Charity Book Fair were presented with Community Service Awards for outstanding service to the community.

Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall congratulated all of the winners of the Australia Day awards and the recipients of the Community Service Awards. "Queanbeyan is lucky to have so many great contributors who go out of their way to make Queanbeyan a better place to live and work," Cr Overall said. "The Australia Day awards are a perfect way to recognise and honour the commitment and dedication these individuals and group have for Queanbeyan.

"Of particular note this year is the contribution the Queanbeyan SES makes to the community. The SES provides a vital service to the Queanbeyan community at times of need and is always on hand when required. The local SES is lucky to have a group of eager and committed volunteers and I thank them for their efforts around Queanbeyan."

About the winners:

Citizens of the Year - Andrew Darman and Alan Jones

Both Andrew Darman and Alan Jones have served with the Queanbeyan SES for 40 years (Andrew 1974 and Alan 1975). Both have provided assistance in numerous floods and natural disasters in Queanbeyan and across the state.

Young Citizens of the Year - Brent Hunter and Andrew Daniels

Brent Hunter won the inaugural NSW State Emergency Service Local Young Volunteer of the Year award in 2014. Brent joined the SES in 2009 and has proved himself to be a valuable member of the unit who is helping to build the unit's profile in the community.

Andrew Daniels was named Young Volunteer of the Year as part of the Centre for Volunteering's 2014 Volunteer of the Year Awards. Andrew, a SES of four years, is a team leader with the SES and has demonstrated ability beyond his years in emergency situations.

Community Service Group of the Year - Queanbeyan Hospital Auxiliary

The Queanbeyan Hospital Auxiliary is a group of volunteers that raises funds to supply specialist equipment to enhance the care and monitoring of the sick and newborn whilst at Queanbeyan Hospital. Auxiliary members work and raise funds via the hospital kiosk, hospital ward trolley and major raffles. Equipment provided to the hospital in 2014 was valued at $60,000.

Event of the Year - Pink Party

The annual Pink Party raises money for the ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group, raises awareness of the type of support provided by the group and offers support to those diagnosed with cancer and their carers. The Pink Party has been held for the past eight years and the 2014 party attracted more than 200 people.

Community Service Awards – Father Kevin Flynn and the Charity Book Fair

The Awards Committee decided to present two special Community Service Awards on Australia Day this year. To Fr Kevin Flynn for his continuing exceptional community support and assistance to many Queanbeyan residents and to the Queanbeyan Charity Bookfair in recognition of the dedicated work of all the volunteers who, through the monthly bookfairs, have contributed vital financial support to a host of Queanbeyan charities for over ten years.