Toowoomba SES Clifton group member Clayton Newman put up his hand to help clean up the Western Downs.
Toowoomba SES Clifton group member Clayton Newman put up his hand to help clean up the Western Downs.

Clayton does the dirty work

HE’S battled the aftermath of bushfires, severe storms and even the Leyburn Sprints – so Clayton Newman knows how to handle a massive clean-up.

After floodwaters caused devastation across western Queensland, it’s time for the community to make the area liveable again and Mr Newman, a Toowoomba SES Clifton group member, has answered the Western Downs’ call for assistance.

“I wanted to be a part of it,” he said.

“It is a major event and I wanted to help the people out there.”

He joined a team of 10 which left Toowoomba yesterday for St George and he will offer assistance at Thallon and Bollon until Tuesday.

St George and surrounding communities have faced the biggest flood for 120 years and, although the water is no longer rising, there are still weeks of heartache ahead for residents.

“All the flood is virtually gone, now you are left with all the mess,” Mr Newman said.

He has been helping communities in their time of need for the past 10 years and has been there to offer a hand in countless natural disasters.

“It’s a great feeling helping someone out,” he said.

“I could be cleaning houses, feeding stock – it could be anything; I don’t know until I get out there.”

Mr Newman, who owns Queensland Wind and Solar at Clifton, took up SES for the challenge and to learn new and important skills.

“I like the excitement, there is always something happening and you get to muck around with some really great gear,” he said.

He likened his passion for the cause to simply helping out a neighbour who needed a helping hand.

“You do it for yourself and you do get the feel-good feeling of helping someone and doing what you can.”



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