by Nev Crocombe
Saturday 19th August was the first of two “Open House at Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire Brigade” days. Representatives of most Mountain community organisations, Fire and Rescue District Office, neighbouring Brigades and the various levels of Government assembled at the Brigade where the Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon. Pat Purcell M P, on arrival was introduced to each Fire Fighter by TM1, John Heydon. After a general welcome by Chairman, Nev Crocombe, the Minister was invited to address the assembled crowd.
In his usual informal approach, the Minister, after acknowledging the presence of our Local Member of Parliament, Kev. Lingard, and Deputy Mayor, Vanessa Bull, mostly dispensed with his prepared notes. He praised the work of the thousands of volunteers without whom, Queensland could not function. He graphically illustrated the size of Queensland by suggesting we imagine the map folded at the border with NSW. Queensland would cover NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and reach the Antarctic. He praised the local community for their support which enabled us to contribute about $16,000 towards putting TM52 on the road.
On behalf of the Brigade, he presented a certificate of appreciation to Dorothy and Lloyd Holloway for their exceptional fund raising efforts through the Craft Extravaganzas. Finally, he presented the keys of TM52 to TM1, John Heydon. He emphasised how much he appreciated the efforts of brigades such as ours and wished us well for the coming fire season. On behalf of the Brigade, TM1 responded and expressed our appreciation of the excellent community support we receive.
Deputy Mayor, Vanessa Bull then moved a vote of thanks to the Minister and enquired how long before we see all emergency service people housed adjacent to each other. She also paid tribute to the Support Group for today’s excellent catering as well as their on-call catering for the Fire Fighters when they are fighting fires.
Chairman Nev Crocombe, then invited all to join in refreshments and to return next Saturday for the second “Open Day” with its sausage sizzle and garage sale.
It was heartening to see so many of our supporters attending especially some of those from whom we draw water. Jan Fisher was busy selling raffle tickets for some really worthwhile prizes which will be drawn at the Craft Extravaganza in October. All three vehicles were on display, shining like new pins, thanks to Darryl Saunders and the floor of the station was quite presentable after the ministrations of John Fisher, John Robertson, Darryl Saunders and Nev Crocombe last Thursday.
Beaudesert Shire Road Maintenance staff excelled, in their response to our appeal for help to tidy up our regular parking area and the gateway to the station. They also tidied the upper level so that cars of several members parked there to make space for our visitors. Enough road-base was supplied to make entrance to and exit from the station much safer. Even the apron from the road to the gate was sealed. “They did us proud.”
More images in the Members’ Gallery…