Fraser Coast disaster co-ordinator Mal Churchill and Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell present Maryborough SES group leader Helen Scott with a community achievment award.
Fraser Coast disaster co-ordinator Mal Churchill and Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell present Maryborough SES group leader Helen Scott with a community achievment award. Contributed

SES depots to come under one banner to streamline operations

THE region's State Emergency Service depots will come under a new banner in an effort to "streamline" operations.

As done in other regions including Redlands and Brisbane, the six Fraser Coast groups - Burrum Heads, Glenwood, Hervey Bay, Howard, Maryborough and Tiaro - will become bases in the Fraser Coast SES unit.

Maryborough SES controller Helen Scott, who has recently been recognised for her 31 years of service, has applied for the Fraser Coast deputy controller position.

Ms Scott has recently been recognised with a community champion award for her service, including 12 years as head of the Maryborough group.

With three decades of service under her tool belt, Ms Scott has been through many "challenging times".

"I've seen a lot of changes and overall the changes have been for the best," she said.

"The most rewarding thing is being able to help the community.

"There have been good days and there have been bad days."

Ms Scott wasn't aware of anyone on the Fraser Coast being in the service longer than her.

During the major floods of 2011 and 2013, Ms Scott was in the Fraser Coast Disaster Management Centre monitoring operations and the situation.

Alongside her was the council's disaster co-ordinator Mal Churchill, who heaped praise on Ms Scott's leadership and ability.

"She's always available 24/7 - the group has been great under her leadership," he said.