Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Gin Gin Crew Has a Family Spirit

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Gin Gin Crew Has a Family Spirit

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THERE is something about the 20-strong Gin Gin SES that feels more like a family than a volunteer emergency unit.

The SES are an oft-overlooked cog in the emergency response vehicle, but the group, led in Gin Gin by local controller Kellie Bolstad, is an integral part to relief efforts.

As Tropical Cyclone Marcia approached the Capricorn Coast, the SES filled and delivered sandbags and other supplies to residents in Horse Camp, Gin Gin and on the way to Mt Perry.

Oliver Lindenberg, 16, and Lane Walters, 17, left school early on Thursday to help.

Oliver joined the SES last year, and Lane suited up in the familiar orange uniform earlier this week.

"Who would've thought we'd have an earthquake and a cyclone in my first week," Lane said.

Ben Dennerley has been with the SES and Rural Fire Service for several years. Tony Stephensen, 54, has seen his fair share of incidents.

Mr Dennerley described his involvement with volunteer emergency services as a family tradition. …

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