NEWS

SOU congratulates member's recent promotion to Chief Superintendent

On behalf of the Senior Officer Union Executive, Councillors and Membership,
we would like to congratulate you on your recent promotion to Chief Superintendent.

  • Gary McCormack
  • Darryl King
  • Jeff King
  • Michael O’Neil
  • David Herman

Congratulations.

Bevan Moore

SOU Secretary

SOU congratulates member's recemt promotion to Assistant Commissioner

On behalf of the Senior Officer Union Executive, Councillors and Membership, we would like to congratulate the following members on their recent promotion to Assistant Commissioner:

  • Neil Reid
  • John Cawcutt
  • Steve Smith
  • Steve Barber

The SOU would like to thank you for your dedicated service to your fellow Senior Officers over the past years and your personal contributions to the Senior Officer roles.

The SOU looks forward to continuing our established strong relationships as we together serve Queensland and the ranks of the Senior Officers

Bevan Moore
SOU Secretary

QFR-SOU MEETING WITH MINISTER JO-ANN MILLER

On Thursday 14 May 2015, the Executive of the SOU met with the Hon. Jo-Ann Miller, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services.

The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the Executive and to highlight the role and objectives of the QFR-SOU. It also afforded the Executive the opportunity to have a conversation about some of the issues that are of concern to some of our members and the issues that we hope to address in the upcoming EB negotiations next year. The Minister was extremely interested in our views and spoke passionately about the importance of the role of fire officers in all ranks of the organisation. The SOU Executive is very much looking forward to further dialogue and maintaining a functioning relationship with Minister Miller into the future.

Regards

Kevin Walsh AFSM

SOU President 

PRESIDENT'S REPORT - 2015 QFR-SOU STATE CONFERENCE

The Annual State Conference was held at QCESA (Whyte Island) on Friday 24th April 2015.  Approximately 30 Senior Officers and Branch Counsellors attended the Conference and all attendees were very appreciative of the attendance of Acting Commissioner Carroll who addressed the Conference. QFES is obviously still going through significant change so an address by the Acting Commissioner and the opportunity to pose questions to her was greatly appreciated by all present.

The conference was also an opportunity to thank members of the past Executive who have vacated their position. Past President John Cawcutt, Secretary Andrew Short and Treasurer Neil Reid have served the SOU admirably over the last 6 years (9 years for Andrew) and having served on the Executive with them over this period of time, I am aware of the inordinate amount of time and commitment the positions require at times, particularly through EB processes. On behalf of all the members, John, Andrew and Neil were formally thanked for their contribution and a small token of our appreciation was presented to them on the day.

The conference was also an opportunity to say thank you to the exiting branch members and to welcome the new members who are replacing them. A special thanks was made to exiting Branch Counsellors:

Rob Orchard – Northern Region
Jeff Keating – North Coast Region
Paul Evans – South Western Region
Rob O’Connor – Brisbane Region
Ray Bott – State

Thanks to all these Branch Counsellors who have served their members well over the past years. Your efforts have been greatly appreciated.

Also welcome to the new Branch Counsellors who have taken up their positions:

Mick O’Neil – Northern Region
James Gill – North Coast Region
Lindsay Hackett – South Western Region
Lance Duncan – Brisbane Region
Greg Reynolds – State
Brad Commens – South Eastern Region

Thanks also to those who have continued in their SOU branch position – Branch Counsellors Gavin Holden (FNR) and Col May (CR).

As stated, we have significant change ahead of us in 2015 and beyond, with the appointment of a new Commissioner, three new Deputy Commissioners and the flow on of appointments that this will bring. Although there has been a change in the Executive of the SOU and the new Executive is committed to continue in a mature and open dialogue with the Senior Executive and Government. As has always been the case with the SOU, we respect and acknowledge the right of Government and the Senior Executive to manage the service, but we maintain the right to voice our opinion and to present our position respectfully in terms of what is right for both our members and the proud organisation in which we serve.  Credibility has been built by the SOU through times in which we present what we believe is right for the organisation in addition to what is right for our members.

I am also extremely pleased and honoured to be representing the SOU with the new members of the Executive; Secretary Bevan Moore, State Vice President Steve Smith and Treasurer David Hermann. The SOU has gained some significant improvements over the last few EBs and this can only be achieved by having active Branch Counsellors, a committed  Executive and interested members. I look forward to representing you as President of the SOU during the next term.

Regards
Kevin Walsh
President SOU

NEW STATE COUNCIL TAKES OFFICE

Members of the SOU, on February 1 2015 the new State Council of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Senior Officers Union of Employees took office.

The new Executive consists of Bevan Moore (State Secretary), Steve Smith (State Vice-President), David Hermann (State Treasurer) and myself as the new President. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the three outgoing members of the Executive with whom I have had the pleasure of working with over the last two terms. John Cawcutt, Andrew Short and Neil Reid have all made an outstanding contribution to the SOU during this time and I look forward to thanking them formally at the upcoming Annual Conference in March.

I would also like to welcome the new State Council which now comprises of the following Branch Councillors.

Gavin Holden (FNR)
Mick O'Neil (NR)
Col May (CR)
Jim Gill (NCR)
Lindsay Hackett (SWR)
Lance Duncan (BR)
Greg Reynolds (State)
Brad Commens (SER)

The SOU Executive look forward to working with you during the next 3 years. I would also like to acknowledge Bob Orchard, Paul Evans, Rob O'Connor, Ray Bott and Jeff Keating who served as Branch Councillors in the previous term. Many thanks to you all for your contributions.

As you would know, February 1 also marked the likelihood of a new government in Queensland. One of the objectives of the SOU is to "participate in the development of strategic and organisational change." It is imperative during this transition of government that the SOU meets as early as possible with the new Minister to discuss our priorities and vision for QFES and in particular, the role of senior officers. To this end, I have asked John Cawcutt and Andrew Short to continue their association with the SOU Executive during this transitional phase to lead a small team and assist with the communication
strategy with the new Government and Minister. 2015 will no doubt be another year of change and I look forward to working with you all and embracing both the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.

Regards
Kevin Walsh AFSM
President SOU