Lions Club news: Supporting the SES

State Emergency Service volunteer Alan Baker, left, Lions Club
member Margaret Bester with the new phone, and Rotary Club
president Matt Hill.

“CAN you hear me? How about now?” These are words that the Derwent Valley State Emergency Service hopefully never need to use again now that their new satellite phone has been installed.

This much-needed vital piece of equipment was purchased with donations from the Lions Club of New Norfolk, Derwent Valley Rotary Club, Craig Farrell MLC and Rebecca White MHA.

SES volunteers respond to many types of emergencies and provide assistance during severe storms and floods, in road crash rescue, search and rescue, and a range of other general rescue activities.

Many of us in the Derwent Valley have experienced the terrible telecommunications black spot areas. Until now, those numerous black spot areas in the vast region covered by the Derwent Valley SES have proved frustrating and sometimes delayed rescue efforts.

The new satellite phone will ensure that no matter where SES volunteers are working, they will be able to maintain important communications, saving time and probably lives.

An appreciation and demonstration function was held at the local SES headquarters on March 18. Lions Club members  Margaret Bester, Kerry Kievit, Denise Smith and Michael Kievit represented our club, while Lions Club president Troy Bester attended as a member of the SES. Matt Hill, president of the Derwent Valley Rotary Club, represented his organisation.

Lions Australia. We serve (more than sausages).

All local clubs and organisations are welcome to share their news. Email

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