Early afternoon on Monday, 3rd June 2006, at the invitation of TM1, John Heydon, and current Chairman, Nev Crocombe, Frank McKay, Life Member of Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire Brigade, gave the keys to former TM13, alias “Mother Duck”, to the new owners. Frank was chairman of the Management Committee of TMRFB when TM13 was purchased. He was, despite ill health, thrilled to get the invitation and to be able to revisit the Station which was established during his reign. He gave TM1 a generous donation which was promptly passed on to the Treasurer, Gail Gray, for safe keeping.
Ventel learned that TM13 was to be sold from an article and photo in the Albert and Logan News. This and other free publicity was organised by our Chairman, Neville Crocombe. It resulted in strong competition and an excellent price for Mother Duck.
Firefighter John Robertson, will spend time with the new owners, to ensure they are competent to get the best out of “Mother Duck” as she will continue to be known. Her first challenge will be to clear two kilometres of Telecom conduit which has several rock hard blockages of dried mud. They expressed appreciation for the fact that Mother Duck has full tanks of water which will be used to soften the mud.
Last week, stalwart member, Tony Edwards ensured that the sale went through without any hitch by repairing a rusted floor panel and fitting a new mirror at home and having two new tyres fitted in Canungra. The Safety Certificate which will allow the new owners, Ventel, to register “Mother Duck”, was handed over by Secretary, Maureen Booth.