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SES display day

Lynne Mowbray|

A display day was held by the Lower Clarence SES Units (Maclean and Yamba) on Sunday, at McLachlan Park in Maclean.

Flood boat crews demonstrated rescue techniques on the river and gave the community a chance to see first-hand what it’s like to be out on the river with the SES.

The day was supported by the Maclean Lions Club who provided a free sausage sizzle on the riverbank.

Maclean SES deputy commander Steve Walton said that Sunday’s event was fairly quiet due to a lot of things happening in the Lower Clarence over the weekend.

“We still had a lot of families coming through and they’ve been able to see some of the things that the SES does, from road crash to dealing with storms, floods and first aid,” Mr Walton said.

“We ran our flood boats down to the Harwood Bridge providing rides to give people an idea of what we do moving people and stores along the river during times of flood.

“One of the ideas from holding the display day was to show people what we do and we’ve had a lot of interest shown particularly by young families, with parents who want to get involved.

“We’ve even had senior school students interested and this is a great opportunity for them to develop some skills that will serve them when they enter the workforce eg first aid and working together as part of a team and working safely in hazardous conditions.

“I’d just like to thank the Maclean Lions Club for their support and to all the volunteers who turned up. Thanks to the community for coming along and showing an interest and who are considering joining the SES in Maclean or Yamba, it’s an important job that serves the community,” he said.

One of the SES boats in operation during the display day. Image: Lynne Mowbray
SES mascot Paddy Platypus was there to say hello to the children. Image: Lynne Mowbray