Lismore SES volunteers Susan Leckie and Scott Ferguson are travelling to Canberra later this month at the invitation of Governor-General Quentin Bryce for a thank you dinner.
Lismore SES volunteers Susan Leckie and Scott Ferguson are travelling to Canberra later this month at the invitation of Governor-General Quentin Bryce for a thank you dinner. Jerad Williams

Invited for dinner with the G-G

TWO Lismore SES volunteers will dine with the Governor-General later this month as she thanks them for their efforts in last year's devastating floods.

Susan Leckie and Scott Ferguson, from the Lismore SES Unit, played a vital role in the flood rescue and operations functions of the emergency services group last year when Lismore and surrounding areas were hit by severe flooding.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce has acknowledged the SES contribution in helping the community during the natural disaster and has asked the pair to dinner at Government House in Canberra as a gesture of her appreciation.

Full-time motor mechanic Scott, who has been in the SES for five years, remembers the floods last year as extremely challenging, and is honoured by the Governor-General's invitation.

“I was doing flood rescues and driving the rescue boats,” he said.

“I remember there were a father and son who were stuck on the roof of their car near the Richmond River.

“We got the call they were stuck about 7pm, so it was pitch black and torrential rain. It was crazy.”

He said he was honoured by theinvite. “I didn't expect anything like this would happen,” he said.

Scott will travel to Canberra with fellow SES operations worker Susan Leckie on June 29 where they will dine with many other volunteers from the North Coast who helped out during the flood emergency.

Mrs Leckie joined the SES seven years ago with her husband. She is nervous but excited about the trip to Canberra.

“I'm excited to be meeting the Governor-General,” she said. “I've learnt a lot of skills being in the SES that I can apply to everyday life.”

Lismore SES unit controller Stuart Ferguson picked the two volunteers for the invitational dinner because they had been working around the clock during the floods in dangerous and often risky conditions.



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