Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott has thanked local Emergency Services personnel at a Queen’s Birthday reception held in their honour at Castle Hill RSL.
Mr Elliott said the role played by Emergency Services personnel was vital on protecting the community in times of the greatest need.
“Dorothea McKellar was right when she said Australia was a sunburnt country of droughts and flooding rains,” Mr Elliott said.
“The role of our Rural Fire Service in fighting against the burning fires, our State Emergency Service in so often tending to property damaged by storms and St John Ambulance in providing much needed first aid at community events is too often taken for granted.
“No amount of thank will ever be enough to thank our volunteers for keeping our community safe and healthy, but that does not mean we should not take advantage of our long weekend to thank our community’s unsung heroes.”
Guest of Honour Federal Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne and NSW Emergency Services Minister Stuart Ayres also paid tribute to the volunteers.
“Our emergency services volunteers not only provide invaluable services, but also provide a great example of community spirit,” Minister Payne said.
“Too many people ask of others to provide for them, but our volunteers readily give of themselves for no personal gain, and this should be an example followed by all,” Minister Ayres said.