The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)
(A prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)
"one Association many issues"
Welcome to the website of the State Emergency Service Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA). The SESVA was formed in the late 1980’s with the objective of providing a focus for representing the views of SES Volunteers on issues which affect them. The SESVA has developed the ability to strongly voice the opinion of the volunteers where, when necessary, to the benefit of all the Volunteers of the SES, where the action of a single Volunteer or small group would not be as effective. The SESVA represents SES volunteers on a number of committees and working groups and has regular meetings with DFES.
SESVA role is to represent the views of SES Volunteers to all levels of Government, DFES and other agencies on all matters affecting SES volunteers and the way in which we serve our communities.
SESVA Committee of Management
There is a Committee of Management to control the Association. The Management Committee consists of the following members:
Powers of the Management Committee
The Management Committee is the deliberative body in the Association with powers to make and direct policy, make, amend, or rescind the Constitution, and generally to take such actions as it considers necessary for the furtherance of the Association and its objects. The general management of the affairs of the Association is vested in the Management Committee.
An executive council, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and any two committee members shall take care of the day to day affairs of the Association. The executive council may authorise payments on behalf of the Association.
Objects of the Association
- Be an independent and representative body of the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia and the Volunteer Emergency Service
- Promote and communicate knowledge and information to and amongst the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia
- Provide an effective voice for the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia
- Operate a fund or trust for the benefit of volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia
Current SESVA Activities:
- Regular contact with DFES Commissioner and Senior Executive to discuss strategic, policy and high level issues
- Monthly meeting with DFES and stakeholders managers to discuss operational issues
- Membership of subject matter groups, PPE, equipment, training, communications and vehicles
- Co-partnering with DFES to organise the annual SES conference and awards night
- Attending AFAC conference
- Attending Local managers meetings
- SESVA website,twitter and facebook management
- Publishing SESVA Journal, calendar and diary
- Attending to local issues when requested
- SES Licence Plate Project
- SESVA is currently in discussion with SES Volunteer Associations throughout Australia to form at setting up a National SES Volunteer Association to give all SES Volunteers a national voice. Currently involved and agreed to set up is SA,VIC,ACT,NSW and WA with talks to be held with Tasmania,NT and QLD who at this point do not have a Volunteer Association.
- Providing input to the National representative on the Australian Emergency Management Volunteers Forum (AEMVF) on matters that could affect SES Volunteers at a National level
- Development of a strategic plan for the SES Volunteers Association
- A member of the new Emergency Services Volunteers welfare and support fund implementation team
- Member of the Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) on the review of the Emergency Services Acts
- Regular communication from SESVA Regional Representatives to SES Units and Volunteers
- Production of a new SES Flag
You can also read all previous news items in our News Archive
Community surprises SES with donations
The 2nd Chance Op Shop in Kelmscott celebrated their first birthday by donating $10,000 to four different volunteer Emergency Services this week. Paul Hollamby, Local Manager Gosnells State Emergency Service (SES), and Connie Eikelboom Deputy Manager from Armadale were both present on Saturday to each receive a cheque for $2500. Another two cheques were given to volunteer fire brigades in Armadale and Roleystone. “The recognition of the commitment and sacrifices of the SES volunteers to the community was greatly appreciated”, said Paul Hollamby.
Over the past 12 months 2nd Chance Op Shop has not only provided the local community quality items, but has also donated the proceeds to many community groups in the Gosnells, Armadale & Serpentine/Jarrahdale areas. These proceeds have exceeded $20,000 and allowed many other community groups to continue to provide their valuable service to the community. Connie Eikelboom from Armadale SES said “This donation will be used to cover public education expenses not funded through existing arrangements.”
On Monday morning, Armadale SES and Gosnells SES sent teams to relieve Bunbury and surround SES volunteers, who were responding to calls for assistance that resulted from a cold front that caused significant damage in the South West. It is worth remembering that volunteers would not be able to make this commitment without the support of their families and employers.
Training with the SES is open to men and women, of all ages over 18. Contact the Gosnells SES on 9459 8015, or Armadale SES on 9497 1266 to find out more about becoming a volunteer.
SES Volunteers Paul Hollamby, Connie Eikelboom, Ben Whitaker & Daniel Boston at the presentation
TICKETS FOR 2014 SES AWARDS
Time is running out to reserve your place at the 2014 State Emergency Service (SES) Awards. The annual awards provide a valuable opportunity to recognise the hard work and commitment of Western Australia’s SES Personnel.
Join us in celebrating the state’s extraordinary SES volunteers at the ceremony where award recipients will be announced. See list of finalists below.
Peter Keillor Award
- Steve Cable – Kalbarri SES
- Jane Campbell – Bayswater SES
- Nick Elliot – Northshore SES
Team Achievement Award
- Kalbarri SES Unit
- Karratha and Roebourne SES Units
- Tom Price and Newman SES Units
Youth Achievement Award
- Rhys Cole – Melville SES
- Michael Hall – Exmouth SES
- Meggan Miller – Mandurah SES
The evening will include seated official presentations with Master of Ceremonies Graham Mabury, as well as cocktail food and drinks, and live music.
Details of the event are as follows:
Date: Saturday 4 October 2014
Time: 7pm to 11pm
Venue: Bellevue Ballroom, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ticket: $75 per person (Ticket value is $185 subsidised by DFES)
Gentlemen: Semi-formal (lounge suit with shirt and tie)
Ladies: After five wear
Secure your ticket by completing a Ticket Order Form, or by registering as an ‘Awards Attendee’ via the WAFES Website. If you have any queries regarding the awards, please contact DFES Events and Promotions Officer Bren McGurk on 9395 9557 or email@example.com