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Volunteers prepare for heavy weather
ACT SES volunteer Amber Deveridge with home owner Audrey Schultz.
Photo: Matt Bedford
The launch of the storm season has
ACT Emergency Services Agency
spreading the reminder that
preparedness reduces risk.
Cleaning gutters, removing
overhanging branches and securing
outside objects are all encouraged.
ACT State Emergency Service
volunteers are taking to the streets to
help elderly war widows become
storm safe. Legacy widow Audrey
Schultz benefited from a visit from
volunteers on Saturday.
"It's a community service that they
do and by letting them come to the
house that also helps them because
they count it as part of their training,"
Mrs Schultz said.
"They check the tiles on the roof as
well, and tell you if they notice any
other repairs that need doing."
Amber Deveridge joined the ACT
SES in the last intake in August, and
helped out with preparing houses.
I've volunteered in emergency
services before and I find it really
rewarding to be able to help people in
those desperate situations,'' Ms
No stranger to storm damage, she
brings personal experience to the role.
I used to live on a property where
our roof was blown off a couple of
times,'' she said. "Since I've joined
I've met a really dedicated,
hardworking people and they've been
"I think it will be a pretty steep
learning curve, just working in the
team in a stressful environment to get
some really tough jobs done, and
probably some pretty long hours.''
With the storm season approaching
she has advice for people who want to
prepare their homes.
"Make sure your gutters are clean
and clear and keep debris, overhanging
tree branches away from the house.
Secure any objects outside of the
house that could be picked up by the
wind and in times of storms make sure
you and your pets and children are
kept inside and away from windows.''
Weatherzone meteorologist Brett
Dutschke said the risk of a higher
number of storms this season was
higher than normal this year due to
warmer temperatures and higher
"The peak of the storm season is
November but anytime now until
November the risk of storms
increases,'' he said.
Poor bus service
an ongoing issue
Tom Anderson, chairman
Thank you to all those who nominated
for our committee at our annual
meeting last month. It makes a
difference to have people volunteering
their assistance. Those who attended
the meeting were treated to a very
good talk and question and answer
session on the Opposition policies in
the ACT by the Leader of the
Opposition, Jeremy Hanson.
Buses and Network 14 have been to
the forefront with the new bus
timetable starting this month. As a
result of the new timetable, the
council made representations to the
Chief Minister as our views at
meetings and in submissions seemed
to have fallen on deaf ears, and with
all Xpresso buses leaving Weston
Creek by 7.21am we felt we had been
treated badly. There is a glimmer of
hope as we have been told that this
was an "error" by ACTION in their
planning and we will have another
Xpresso on the 725 route leaving
Cooleman Court at 7.46am. It is a pity
that these Xpresso services couldn't
be spaced even further apart to
provide a range of Xpresso buses for
people to catch in the morning.
The council will continue to press
on this issue of a poor bus service for
Weston Creek and Molonglo and
Minister Rattenbury will be attending
our next council public meeting on
Wednesday September 24 at 7.30pm
at the Weston Club in Liardet Street,
Weston. To keep up to date with all
issues affecting Weston Creek please
monitor the community council's
website at www.wccc.com.au
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