24/06/2019 - The late Phillip Petersen ESM


Phillip Petersen 1953 - 2019

It is with a heavy heart, that I advise SES Volunteers that Phillip Petersen ESM, highly respected and long-term SES Volunteer, passed away after a short illness, on June 23rd, 2019, at the age of 65 years. 

Phillip, a retired and long-term employee of Telstra, was truly altruistic in his actions in all of his Volunteer pursuits. These included scouting (Duke of Edinburgh Award), community radio, car rallying, World Rally Championships (several roles including tour guide), SES Volunteer (awarded the national Emergency Services Medal) and the Team Manager for the WA SES Team at the 2017 National Disaster Rescue Competition held in Hobart.

As an SES Volunteer, Phillip was a past Local manager of the Gosnells SES Unit, a Life Member of the Mandurah SES Unit, as well as a prominent past member of the Karratha and Gosnells SES units.

Phillip was an active member of the SES Volunteers Association from the mid-1990s, where he became a Vice President, before serving six years as the President (during his Presidency the SESVA won the prestigious Golden Swan Award).

Phillip was well known on the national level during his presidency, as he actively advocated far and wide for all SES Volunteers.

Phillip was also an active SES Volunteer Advisory Committee (SESVAC) member (a Ministerial appointment) from the early 2000s to the present time. Since 2013, Phillip served as the Deputy Chair of the SESVAC.

Phillip has always been held in high regard and well respected by SES Volunteers and those he served in the emergency services sector.

He coached and mentored many SES Volunteers and he will be sadly missed by us all, both as an SES Volunteer, coach, mentor and a good friend.

Phillip is survived by his wife Sue, sons Grant and Michael, daughter Erica and 2 grandchildren.

A notice announcing the time, date and place of a celebration of Phillip’s life will be posted when details are known.

 Gordon Hall ESM

President SESVA