Volunteers and emergency workers who directly responded to Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017 are now eligible to apply for the National Emergency Medal.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said acknowledging and honouring the service of thousands of volunteers and emergency responders was important.
“Through grit and determination, these men and women were able to protect property and save lives. They exemplify the community spirit and mateship shown in Central Queensland that helps get us through challenging times. Their efforts and contribution during these events should be acknowledged,” Ms Landry said.
“Tropical Cyclone Debbie caused substantial damage to Central Queensland in March and April 2017.
“Without our committed emergency responders and volunteers, the impacts would have been far greater. It’s fitting they can now get the recognition they deserve.”
The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), agreed to a recommendation from the Australian Government, and the National Emergency Medal Committee, that these events be declared nationally-significant emergencies.
This follows the recent announcement that brave responders will be eligible to receive a medal in recognition of their service during the 2019-20 Black Summer Bushfire season.
The National Emergency Medal, established in 2011, recognises service in response to a nationally-significant emergency. More than 15,000 people have been recognised for their selfless service to the bushfires in Victoria in 2009 and the floods in Queensland in December/January 2010-11.
For more information, visit: https://www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awards/national-emergency-medal