16 June 2020

Member for Northern Victoria, Tania Maxwell MP has praised the wonderful work of emergency services and volunteers in the search and rescue of William Callaghan on the floor of Parliament this week.

William spent two nights in freezing conditions within thick bushland at Mt Disappointment, with close to 500 people joining search efforts, which ran non-stop for more than 48 hours until William was found.

Ms Maxwell noted the huge contingency of personnel, including Police Search and Rescue Squad, Air Wing with thermal imaging, canine and motorbike units, the mounted brigade, SES, CFA, Search Rescue Dogs Australia and volunteers from the area.

Ms Maxwell highlighted the incredible efforts of the search team which altered its usual search methods so that it was conducted in a way to try and connect with William. She commended volunteer, Ben Gibbs, who was successful in finding William, for his thoughtful and sensitive approach to William’s special needs.

Ms Maxwell quoted the words of William’s mother, Penny Callaghan, in saying the search team was “amazing”.

Quotes by Tania Maxwell MP: –

“It was wonderful to hear the news of William Callaghan’s rescue. The joy and elation felt by his family on this news, must have be one of overwhelming relief.”

“The work done by Police, Emergency Service workers and the huge number of volunteers in helping to find Will was beyond outstanding. We sincerely thank them for their tireless and dedicated work.”