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leadership, with newcomer Rachael Ni-
colson taking lead of the unit.
“I took over from former controller Matt Wallis on
July 1 with the restructure. Matt is so friendly and per-
sonable and he I was really encouraged to give it a go,”
Ms Nicolson said.
“I first came to Australia for travel, ended up work-
ing in Adelaide and staying there for a master’s degree.
From there I moved to Sale where I joined SES because
I did not know many people from around the area and I
saw it as a way to meet new people.”
Ms Nicolson then moved to Foster a year ago when
she joined the local division and was asked within a
month to take on a deputy controller role. One year into
the job, the English expatriate has not looked back and
was recently promoted to controller.
“I am a very academic person and I wanted to gain
some practical skills. I have learned heaps of stuff on the
job and it is a fantastic challenge,” she said.
“Taking on the controller role requires a lot of organ-
isation and strong communication. We work as a team
so I need to know the members, their skills and what
they are interested in to work at our best.”
Alongside Ms Nicolson, David Bartley has taken on
the new deputy controller of operations role from Ross
West. Luke Cockman has filled Ms Nicolson’s former
training officer role and Moz Simpson is taking care of
the unit’s finances.
“I did not have a strong friend base here so join-
ing SES seemed like a good idea when I moved,” Ms
“It is so nice to feel like you are a part of a little fam-
BRINGING an old roof back to life can
go a long way to making an old house
look like new and many home owners
know the sad and dilapidated roof is the
undoing of the appearance of their house.
Run down gables, gutters and fascia boards that
leave a house looking tired, when restored and with
newly cleaned tiles, give a whole new lease of life to
your premium asset.
Lia Industries was established in 2011 in the home
garage with an old pressure cleaner and a paint pump.
Frank Lia said he built his business with four pil-
lars of quality, “Workmanship, materials, safety and
“My goal from the beginning continues to be provid-
ing a roofing service of excellence in every area to en-
sure my client’s roof is both beautiful and worry free.”
Mr Lia had 14 years of experience as a roofing em-
ployee behind him and a clear goal to turn his knowledge
into a roofing service that would be not only affordable
but of the highest possible standard.
He is both a registered Dulux roof and roof mem-
brane installer as well as a fully licensed roof plumber.
Mr Lia grew up in Leongatha but now lives in Mir-
boo North with his wife Connie and their three children,
Miley, 5, Ruby, 4 and Hendrix, 1.
Lia Industries use all new, state of the art equipment
to provide the premium quality roof restoration and roof
Since it began as that home grown company work-
ing from the garage a few short years ago, Lia Industries
has come of age and no roof is too small or too big.
The business has recently expanded with the addi-
tion of Adam Magher, a qualified roofer with five years
Lia Industries specialise in a premium quality roof res-
Foster’s new SES leader
New leader: Foster SES’s new controller Rachael Nicolson has risen to the challenge in
leading the unit of 20 members.
A RESTRUCTURE of Foster SES has
seen some fresh faces take on roles of
ily. Everybody looks out for each other and it is a really
nice feeling. If you go visit other units you can see the
same thing, they really gel together.”
Ms Nicolson said anyone is welcome to join the
SES, however a “can do attitude” is a must.
“Everybody works really well together as a team. We at-
tend a lot of tree down calls and land search calls so we all do
our best to attend jobs whenever possible,” she said.
“We have 20 odd members, 13 of whom are active.
They are a dynamic group of all ages.
“In the last 12 months I have attended 42 jobs.”
Foster SES has a remarkably large response area,
with volunteers attending incidents at Wilsons Prom-
ontory, Hedley and Port Welshpool, all the way up to
Mirboo North and Buffalo.
If people are interested in joining SES then we meet
at 14 Pioneer Street on Tuesday’s at 7.30pm or can
make an enquiry at www.ses.vic.gov.au
Roofing to last
Expansion: Frank Lia welcomes Adam
Magher, a qualified roofer with over five
years experience in the industry. “Adam will
be a great addition,” said Mr Lia.
toration and roof plumbing service that is backed up with a
high standard of care and customer friendly service.
Restorations done by Lia Industries are done using
care from start to finish, sourcing the best materials,
with a material warranty of 10 years.
At the end of a Lia Industries restoration a 10 year
material warranty is given for the job done and a certifi-
cate of compliance for any metal work done, for your
insurance and peace of mind.
A licensed roof plumber can only give a certificate
of compliance and it covers the work done for 15 years.
Lia Industries use quality products to both restore
the quality of the roof over your head and provide a pro-
tective membrane barrier which will make it last long
into the future and bring you that all important peace
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