New Maclean SES controller tackles flood task with zest
JUST two months in the job and Maclean acting SES controller Mark Duckworth was well and truly thrown in at the deep end.
Though he's been a member of the SES for more than 25 years, this flood was the first disaster he's spent in the hot seat.
"I've gained a lot of knowledge through this event," he said.
"I've worked in an assistance capacity with the flood boats as a member."
He said he didn't have the words to describe how he felt through the experience but he'd been getting help from every avenue.
But he said the hardest part was making decisions and ensuring they had the right outcome.
"I'm very proud of the crew, they are all doing their job and doing it well," Mr Duckworth said.
"It hasn't put me off at all; it's encouraged me."
Mr Duckworth said he thought this flood was busier than previous events and his crew had been supplying more groceries and medicine as well as doing a handful of medical evacuations.
"In the next few days, the water's dropping reasonably quickly, so we might be able to scale back a lot more tomorrow providing the roads open as we anticipate," he said.
"Then we go into clean-up mode."