Gold Coast volunteers head south of the border for catastrophe alleviation

Gold Coast SES volunteers were provided the possibility to be neighbourly during the current flooding events, working tirelessly to assist around regional New South Wales.

There’s nothing like a crisis to bring people with each other. The recent flooding across Queensland as well as New South Wales brought out the very best in several of Gold Coast’s citizens, with ten of Queensland SES volunteers from the Gold Coast heading southern to supplement the New South Wales SES teams in their rescue as well as recovery efforts.

Oscar Rodas, a volunteer with the Carrara SES unit, was among numerous Gold Coasters who discovered himself based in the command centre at Coffs Harbour, where his group was sent out throughout the region to aid anywhere the demand was the greatest.

“My team was working with heights, as well as anything with regard to storm damage, winds, as well as trees dropping,” Oscar clarifies.

“My other mates got on the boat, and we kept hearing these tales of them jumping into the water to rescue animals.”

Certainly it wasn’t just pets in need of rescue, with people throughout the state in need of discharge to short-lived shelters. Oscar remembers there being an understandably high level of stress and anxiety amongst locals and evacuees, although he said the neighborhood spirit really came to the fore.

“The individuals truly valued somebody putting in the time to look at as well as offer help on any kind of degree,” he remembers.

“The whole experience, to us, was extremely satisfying in itself. We existed to offer the area with convenience, security, and also aid, and you can truly feel the air of admiration around you.

“Everywhere you were, people were saying ‘would certainly you such as a coffee’ or something basic simply to say thank you, so you feel pretty honoured, particularly when you think of what they’ve been via. I was so thankful we had the ability to aid.”

After a lengthy profession in resort monitoring took him throughout the world, Ecuador-born Oscar worked out in the Gold Coast years ago, making a permanently home for himself in Mermaid Waters. Upon retirement, he became consumed with the suggestion of giving back to the neighborhood.

“I’m one of the lucky ones,” he specifies. “I’ve constantly seemed like I’ve been talented with healthiness as well as I wanted to have the ability to use my time in a favorable as well as productive means and flatter people in demand. This country has actually been great to me as well as I wanted to do something in return. It was always in the back of my mind.”

Oscar understood he had found his people when he visited the SES unit at Carrara.

“We are really happy, dedicated, enthusiastic group,” he claims.

“We’re from all profession, yet we’re all equal. If there’s a work to be done, we simply jump on and do it.”

Also if that implies border-hopping.

“You’ve reached be prepared to sleep in a bed or on the floor, whatever is there, or drive long distances summarily,” describes Oscar.

“But we were all able to communicate without doubt and also no reluctance with the groups down there. Having one usual objective, the exact same training as well as being members of the same organisation made that a lot less complicated.

“I’m very pleased that Queensland dropped to aid New South Wales, and I understand the group really feels similarly. If anything, it’s made us much more dedicated to persisting with our work.”


  • Ten Queensland SES volunteers from the Gold Coast travelled to NSW during the March flooding
  • The team was comprised of eight men as well as two females ranging in age from their twenties to their seventies
  • The majority of the team invested 5 days in the region, from 21 to 25 March.
  • The taskforce was released to Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey as well as Nambucca Heads.

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