24th June 2021
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—I'd like to acknowledge Peter Bateup of Wyee following his retirement from Central Coast District Rural Fire Service. Peter's distinguished career with RFS spanning 53 years began when he joined Wyee Brigade in 1968 as a junior member and worked his way up through the organisation to become an Inspector at Lake Macquarie Fire Control Centre in 2001, a position he held until his retirement. Peter has been a dedicated mentor to many with much of his own time spent developing, improving and seeking funding for RFS training programs and facilities within the district. Earlier this year he received the National Medal second and third clasps and the Long Service Medal fourth clasp. Peter's colleagues frequently refer to his enthusiasm, selflessness, positive attitude and determination to put community first. Peter may have officially retired but I doubt he'll ever fully retire from the service, particularly not from his beloved Wyee Brigade. Peter Bateup is the consummate professional and gentleman, and I was honoured to join with members of RFS brigades from around the region to honour his decades of valuable community service. I wish Peter and his wife Cherie a wonderful retirement.
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