Local cadets need our help
Awards night marks end of State Government program
THE Biggenden Emergency Services cadets need your help.
The group is putting the call out to the community for any assistance that will keep the cadets program running.
Group organiser Moira Thompson said she wanted to maintain what the group already had.
“We have got 19 cadets who are enthusiastic and at least five wanting to join,” she said.
“So there is interest.
“But our biggest hurdles are getting insurance cover and having our training nationally accredited.
“What we would like is to have community support with financial assistance and help from the adults.”
ITWAS a bittersweet night for Biggenden’s Emergency Services cadets.
More than 20 friends and family members gathered at the cadets’ awards night at the Biggenden Memorial Hall last week.
The cadets were also handing in their uniforms after the State Government ordered the closure of the program in September.
“Things that had the Emergency Management Queensland emblem on it had to be returned,” Biggenden ES cadets group organiser Moira Thompson said.
“The things we did keep were boots, trousers, t-shirts and hats.
“Even the training manuals had to be handed in to be destroyed. What a waste.”
Ms Thompson has started a petition to keep the cadets program at Biggenden running.
And so far more than 200 people have signed it to show their support.
Ms Thompson said she hoped to find something to continue the cadets’ progression.
“After doing some research, the team of cadets have been given the options of St John Ambulance cadets, Biggenden Life Skills Group or scouts groups,” she said.
“We would look at keeping things local if possible with some training coming from local nurses.
“But we understand that a lot of fundraising and council support will be needed to get this off the ground.”
Ms Thompson said the North Burnett Regional Council had also expressed strong support to set up a community service cadet group.
“And itwould have some affiliation with the State Emer- gency Services,” she said.
“We’ve had three public meetings and everyone has been very supportive about giving the youth something to do which services the community and is inexpensive.”
On the night cadets and volunteers were also recognised with a certificate of appreciation for all their support and hard work throughout the year.
Ms Thompson said she was very proud of her group. Along with their awards, the cadets each received a fold-up chair donated by The Den.
FUTURE UNCLEAR: The former Emergency Services cadets at their awards night recently.