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7 - Tuesday, July 8, 2014
SES volunteer Peter McEncroe received the inaugural Tony Graham Leadership and Values
Picture: ELESA KURTZ
Fire, hail and storms
in four decades' work
Over four decades Peter McEncroe has seen the
devastating impact of Mother Nature.
Deployments to hurricane, flood, storm and
fire ravaged areas have all been part of his life
as an ACT State Emergency Service ACT
That dedication has resulted in Mr McEncroe
receiving the inaugural Tony Graham Leader-
ship and Values Award for outstanding service.
"I ve been in the SES for about 40 years now
and the award to me means a lot, he said. "To
be recognised by my peers and the members
within the SES is really good.
He joined the SES when he was in his mid-
20s, and operated out of various units across
"I ve been in numerous deployments inter-
state, Mr McEncroe said. "I ve been up in
Sydney for the big hail storms up there, I ve
been up in Brisbane for [Hurricane] Yazi and
Victoria for fire support.
Closer to home there have been several
memorable events during his time in the service.
These included flash flooding on Canberra s
southside and the February 2007 supercell that
created hail-drifts almost a metre deep in the
"I ve seen storms but not as big as that one,
he said. "There were a lot of trees down and a
lot of damage to houses. It was fairly full on.
But the houses and property that were
annihilated in the 2003 Canberra bushfires are
scenes he won t forget.
"It was probably the worst for me. The
number of houses we lost. The fires really took
a big toll on a lot of people in the emergency
Although there have been some difficult
times in the job, he said it was good to be one
of the people who was out there helping people
in times of distress.
He said the award he received should be
shared with all his SES colleagues. He said
without Avon Richard-Smith and Graeme
"Duck Tonge he wouldn t have made it this far.
Police Constable Sean Evans, Sergeant
Ron Melis, Sergeant Dick Dauth and Senior
Constable Tony Spaling launch the Stop
Pushing the Limits campaign.
Campaign targets attitudes to speeding
A two-month campaign to target speeding in the
ACT is under way.
The Stop Pushing the Limits campaign will
run throughout July and August and forms part
of the ACT s multi-agency road safety strategy.
The campaign aims to encourage attitudinal
and behavioural change towards speeding.
Minister for Policing Simon Corbell said
speeding was a major contributor to collisions
resulting in injuries and fatalities on Canberra s
In 2013, ACT Policing detected more than
8700 people speeding on Canberra roads, which
included 6652 drivers issued with Traffic
Infringement Notices and 2140 drivers
"On average, there are 13 deaths and 704
injuries on our roads each year. Road safety is
everyone s responsibility and we believe
Canberra drivers can reduce this drastically by
simply slowing down," Mr Corbell said.
Motorists caught speeding will face fines
ranging from $203 and one demerit point to
more than $1811 and six demerit points for each
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