[singlepic id=301 w=320 h=240 float=left]In true Australia Day spirit, 23 Far North Queensland emergency service workers have today been recognised for their contributions to the community during what have been some of the most testing months in the State’s history.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the annual Department of Community Safety Australia Day Achievement Awards were a chance to acknowledge those who have gone above and beyond for the good of the local community.

“Today’s recipients have been honoured for the tirelessness, dedication and resilience with which they’ve approached their duties over the past year and the past few months in particular,” Mr Pitt said.

“As much of Queensland now begins the long road to recovery following devastating flooding, it’s important we take some time to thank those emergency workers, volunteers and supporters who were there for Queenslanders when we needed them most.

“I congratulate each and every Award recipient – the efforts of Queensland’s emergency services personnel have been second to none.

“On behalf of the Far North Queensland community I thank all of our emergency services personnel and volunteers for their ongoing efforts to keep our community safe.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the families and employers of our SES volunteers for allowing them to volunteer for the benefit of the community.”

Mr Pitt presented 21 achievement medallions and two appreciation certificates at today’s Regional ceremony in Cairns.

Recipients included local representatives of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Corrective Services and the State Emergency Service.

A total of 159 Achievement Medallions and 31 Appreciation Certificates will be presented throughout Queensland as part of the Awards.

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