Queensland’s State Emergency Service (SES) will be well equipped to face future disasters and emergencies with the renewal of its successful partnership with Energy Queensland and Powerlink Queensland.

Member for Mundingburra, Coralee O’Rourke, said that through the SES Supporting Partnership, $200,000 of crucial equipment could be bought and distributed across Queensland, a boost to the SES when they need it the most.

“Since 2015, we have enjoyed a great relationship with our two partner agencies, who have helped the SES and communities across the State,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“Our previous partnership with them meant our SES groups received crucial equipment, such as chainsaws, stretchers and defibrillators.

“Now they can add solar power blankets for recharging devices and thermal imaging equipment.”

Ms O’Rourke said the SES Supporting Partnership meant that $200,000 of equipment would be distributed to Queensland SES groups.

“Ergon Energy and Energex, as part of Energy Queensland, are contributing $150,000 and $50,000 is being funded by Powerlink Queensland,” Ms O’Rourke said.

Powerlink Queensland Chief Executive, Merryn York, said the sponsorship would continue to provide a boost for the SES and its thousands of volunteers who help Queenslanders in times of need.

“Powerlink sees first-hand the vital contribution SES volunteers make to help keep communities safe during severe weather events,” Ms York said.

“Supplying valuable response equipment to SES groups across Queensland will provide local communities with the support they need in emergency situations.”

“Powerlink is proud to continue this partnership with Energy Queensland to deliver a sponsorship that makes a positive difference to Queensland communities.”

Before joining the Utility team, Eliza worked as a freelance journalist for a number of years. Eliza has the rare talent of being able to find the nuggets of gold in otherwise average source material, and like any self-respecting member of gen-Y is a whiz when it comes to social media marketing and management.

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