Plan to get cadets program back
THE Biggenden Emergency Cadets group could be back in operation early next year under the banner of the Bundaberg PCYC.
Members of the unit were devastated recently when funding was withdrawn by the State Government and uniforms had to be handed back.
But a meeting between Police Minister Jack Dempsey and North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh, CEO Mark Pitt and councillor Lofty Wendt may bring positive results.
Cr Waugh said the Minister wanted the Biggenden group to continue and suggested the way forward was with the PCYC.
“The idea is for the group to be under the PCYC banner, but the group would run themselves,” CrWaugh said.
“Its structure would be something that will reassemble cadets.”
Moira Thompson said one course cadets had indicated they would like to do was food handling.
“As they enjoyed catering for the chaplaincy dinner they would like to do more as a way of fundraising,” she said.
“They would also like to get more involved in the community, especially during the holidays and storm season.”
Eleven cadets also received their first aid certificates from trainer Russell Kemp last week.
He said their growth in six weeks was a credit to them.
“I haven’t worked with a better bunch of kids,” Mr Kemp said.
LET'S CELEBRATE: Thanks to Cr Lofty Wendt and trainer Russell Kemp, former Biggenden Emergency Services Cadet Unit members have completed their first aid course and received their certificates last week.