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Local SES team helps out up north

Monday, 31st January, 2011

Local SES volunteers at work in Goodooga. Local SES volunteers at work in Goodooga.

Five local State Emergency Service volunteers have been helping the people of the Brewarrina Shire which has been hit by floods.

SES Regional Operations Controller for the Far West, Graeme Craig, said the team was in Goodooga which is on the eastern bank of the Bokhara River near the Queensland border.

The town, about 830 kilometres from Broken Hill, has been isolated by the floods.

Mr Craig said the SES volunteers were due to return today after a 10-day deployment during which they provided general assistance, undertook flood rescue work, helped with supplies for the locals and managed two helicopters.

He said he saw the team last week and that everyone was "quite content doing what they are doing".

"The damage isn't as significant (as Queensland's). The reason they are there is because the community has been isolated by flood waters," he said.

Goodooga has a population of about 350 people and it is likely they will be completed isolated for another six to eight weeks.

The SES volunteers were also involved in the town's Australia Day celebrations which Mr Craig said helped boost morale.

"They were heavily involved in the day as part of their role," he said.

"They did helicopter exercise and let the children have a look inside."

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