Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Volunteer Sets Exceptional Example; Local Region Celebrates International Women's Day

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Volunteer Sets Exceptional Example; Local Region Celebrates International Women's Day

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Byline: ELOISE HANDLEY

TAKE a look at Roslyn Newley's hands. They shape the district's volunteer Queensland State Emergency Service response to the call from the lost or devastated.

Warwick is celebrating past, present and future women's economic, political and social progression, and the part women like Mrs Newley are playing in that.

By day Mrs Newley is a Department of Transport and Main Roads program support co-ordinator. In her spare time she co-ordinates such missions as the recent search for 16-year-old Shanice Looker who was lost for 14 hours in rugged bushland near Connolly Dam in January.

"Not many people know the SES are volunteers," Mrs Newley said. "There's a lot of training involved, but there are avenues to be a flood boat operator, on the search for missing people and forensics for police and Warwick is one of the few areas with a vertical rescue team.

"The search for (Shanice Looker) was a great result. The guys could hear her calling and we thought she mightn't be found until the next morning.

"But we have been involved in searches were the person has unfortunately been deceased. …

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