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Shoalhaven Emergency Services Community Awards

Four Rotary Clubs in the Shoalhaven - Berry, Bomaderry, Milton-Ulladulla and Nowra-  are pleased to promote the        "Shoalhaven Emergency Services Community Awards.

Mayor of Shoalhaven and Patron - Amanda Findley (left of photo) along with the finalists of the local Emergency Service organisations at the Shoalhaven Emergency Awards Dinner on 28 August 2019. 


In keeping with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Awards acknowledge community service of NSW Police and Emergency Services personnel in the Shoalhaven; with profits, if any, applied to:

  1. Australian Rotary Health - PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel; and
  2. Local community projects to be determined by the participating Rotary Clubs.


While individual services have specific internal awards, the Shoalhaven Emergency Services Community Awards (SESCA) is the only time that New South Wales Emergency Services personnel, both paid and volunteer, are recognised in a combined awards program in this local government area. This program contributes directly to the State awards program.

These awards are supported by the Minister for Emergency Services, the Police Commissioner and all six New South Wales Emergency Service Commissioners.  The Commissioners have delegated their support to their respective local government area representatives. 

These Awards are open to all Shoalhaven-based personnel, both paid and volunteer, from the NSW Police and the Emergency Service Agencies in the Shoalhaven:

·        Fire and Rescue New South Wales

·      New South Wales Rural Fire Service

·       Marine Rescue New South Wales

·      New South Wales State Emergency Service

·       New South Wales Ambulance                      Surf Lifesaving NSW

·                                   New South Wales Police Force

This year, we welcome Surf Lifesaving NSW. While the NSW Police have a separate Rotary award, they are a part of this scheme in the Shoalhaven, with the winner going into the State Police Rotary Award.

Category winners will automatically go forward as nominees for the respective State Awards.

We are very honoured to have the Mayor of the Shoalhaven as Patron of the Awards and Dr Peter Taylor as the project’s official Ambassador.  Peter is a past winner at State level for Marine Rescue NSW.

Sponsors and Supporters

We are pleased to have:

Principal Partner:  Choice Pharmacy

Gold Partners:  South Coast Register, and 2ST/PowerFM

Silver Partner: Vincentia Dental Care

The SESCA management team sincerely thanks all of these organisations for partnering with us to bring about the fruition of this program.

Nominations.   Nominations close on Tuesday, 9 June 2020 - the Nomination Form is on the website -


Awards Dinner

The Awards Dinner is planned to be held at the Bomaderry Bowling Club on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 - subject to COVID-19 restrictions.  Please contact Phil Presgrave 0407 625 855 to reserve a table.

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