Plan to get cadets pro­gram back

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: Contributed

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.

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