We know that all across our State volunteers form the backbone of our communities. Foremost among them are the brave men and women of the State Emergency Service [SES] who put themselves in harm's way to protect our safety and property following storms, floods and natural disasters.

I am extremely proud that Michael Carney, the Local Controller of the Marrickville SES, has been awarded the New South Wales SES Commissioner's Medal for Service. This is one of the most prestigious awards offered by the SES and acknowledges Michael's outstanding leadership, mentoring and support of members within Marrickville unit and Sydney Southern Region.

Michael successfully saw the transfer of the unit to new headquarters in Sydenham and continues to inspire young volunteers through his dedication, patience and sense of calm. I also take this opportunity to thank all those volunteers in the Marrickville and Ashfield-Leichhardt units for their tireless and courageous service to the community.

I know that Michael's victory is a victory for each and every one of them. I know they are immensely proud of all that Michael has achieved. I congratulate and thank all of them.