Saturday, May 25, 2024

Lockyer Valley disaster management advisor scores award

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Disaster Management Advisor, Michelle Kocsis, has been formally recognised for her contribution to the disaster management sector, presented with the International Women’s Day ‘Excellence in Disaster Management (Practitioner)’ award by the Inspector-General of Emergency Management, Alistair Dawson QPM.

Ms Kocsis thanked Mr Dawson and her disaster management peers for the recognition, saying she was “honoured and grateful” to be acknowledged.

“Why do I do the things that I do in my role? Quite simply for me, it’s about community and I am a part of this community,” she said in her acceptance speech,” she said.

“I am also a firm believer in empowering people, providing information so people can make informed decisions, and that’s what I have advocated for many years.

“Things like the Disaster Dashboard, the Flood Information Portal, even the new Planning Scheme, it is all about empowering people and providing mechanisms to keep our community safe.”

She said she wasn’t afraid to lobby for innovative change.

“I like to bang the drum a fair bit when I see the need for improvement. Some of them might be difficult to overcome but we continue to do that every day.”

Emergency services and disaster management personnel joined Council staff at the Council Chambers in Gatton to witness the presentation.

“Everyone has a role to play and everyone does their role really, really well,” Ms Kocsis said of her disaster management and Council peers.

Council CEO, Ian Church said he is yet to meet someone with a greater passion for disaster management than Ms Kocsis, and thanked her team members for taking the time to nominate her.

Mayor Tanya Milligan said Ms Kocsis had played an integral part in the evolution of disaster management in the Lockyer Valley since joining Council in 2011.

“If we look back to where we started to where we are now, there has been a huge change,” Mayor Milligan said.

“In disaster management circles, the Lockyer Valley is now looked upon as a leader, someone to turn to to see how things are done.

“Along with her two colleagues in Council’s Disaster Management team, Michelle strives for continuous improvement and is always reviewing disaster management programs, looking to develop innovative practices and finding opportunities to improve the community’s disaster preparedness and resilience.

“Like so many of our Officers, Michelle is the epitome of someone who works quietly behind the scenes and who the community is probably not aware of but makes such an impact, and I applaud her on this well-deserved award.”

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