Representatives from ten different emergency service agencies in the region were recognised for their tireless efforts in protecting the community during a Volunteer Appreciation Evening on Thursday night.
Emergency service workers and volunteers gathered at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) to see their efforts recognised in areas such as bushfire services, land search, rescue services, first aid, state emergency services (SES), cadets, marine rescue services and surf lifesaving.
Mayor Marina Vergone said emergency service volunteers represented what the Mandurah spirit is about, and said they played a critical role in protecting the community.
“Local emergency service volunteers donate their time to preserve life and property and it’s important to recognise the critical role they play in protecting our community,” she said.
“Our emergency service volunteers represent what the Mandurah spirit is about… helping others, reaching out and giving up valuable time for the community.”
During the evening, the City of Mandurah also presented the winners of the Community Spirit Awards.
Individual Community Spirit awards went to Pam Bannett, Steve Peraldini, Warwick Webb and John Ree, and Liam Gould and Chloe James took the team award home.
The Unit Award went to Mandurah State Emergency Services, Falcon Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service, Mandurah Volunteer Marine Rescue Group and Dawesville Ambulance Volunteers.
The Community Spirit Awards seek to recognise the work of those who display outstanding dedication, community involvement and personal attitude.