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NSW SES Karuah Valley Unit now known as Stroud Unit

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Karuah Valley Unit has changed its name to Stroud Unit in order to help attract new volunteer members and to better reflect its geographic area of responsibility.

It is hoped that the renaming will enable the NSW SES to align itself more closely to the town of Stroud with the volunteer emergency service looking to establish a point of presence in the town, whilst maintaining its existing headquarters building at Booral.

The Unit, originally known as the Stroud Unit, was established in the late 1980s. The 12 current members of the Unit are drawn from a number of locations including Girvan, Allworth, Booral, Stroud, Gymea Bay, Limeburners Creek and Pindimar.

The Stroud Unit’s volunteer members train once a week on a Monday night at their Booral facility to ensure they have the skills required to assist local communities to deal with the impacts of floods, storms and even tsunami.

The Stroud Unit covers approximately half the land mass of the Great Lakes Council area and includes Wards River to Limeburner’s Creek, across to Bulahdelah and over to the Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest area.

NSW SES Mid North Coast Region Controller, Mr Stephen Hart said, “There are a number of benefits for the community and our members with the name change. Looking forward we have plans in place to increase our capability to respond to severe weather events in the southern part of the Lower Mid North Coast, which includes establishing a point of presence in Stroud, vehicle upgrades and implementing strategies to increase the Stroud Unit’s membership.”

Earlier this year the Unit played a key role in helping the Stroud and Tea Gardens communities deal with the affects the April super storm. During the nine day operation the Unit was central in responding to over 400 requests for assistance relating to property damage and emergency assistance in the Tea Gardens and Stroud areas.

NSW SES Stroud Unit Controller, Mr Stephen Harris said, “The April super storm helped to highlight the significant storm and flood risks that exist in the area and the need for us to increase the membership of the Stroud Unit, so we can continue to provide the emergency services local communities in the area expect from us.”

If you’d like to join the Stroud SES Unit:

Contact the NSW SES volunteer hotline – 1800 201 000
More information – www.ses.nsw.gov.au/volunteering

Alternatively come along to:

Training session
WHERE | 2756 Booral Road, Booral
WHEN | Monday nights
TIME | 7pm

For more information/interviews please contact: 

Steve Lawrence – 6592 5800
Stephen Harris – 0427 254 897

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