Cheers to friends
Biggenden community thanks BlazeAid for their hard work and dedication
BLAZEAID volunteers have been the unsung heroes in Biggenden but, to them, it has been the women of the district – those who have provided their meals.
On their last day in the fields there was a lot of banter and good humour.
The only complaint they had was the weight they had put on from all the wonderful food.
Councillor Lofty Wendt said he was amazed at the amount and the quality of the work the volunteers had undertaken.
“They settled in and became part of the community to get it back on its feet,” he said.
“It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge our gratitude to co-ordinators Jim and Colleen Cunliffe who took on the position.
“They did an outstanding job especially when they had their own business to run.”
Colleen Cunliffe said she could not believe there were so many people willing to help.
❝ Terry McConville They were terribly nice people and I was surprised they came to work voluntarily.
“We had retired professionals from consultants, psychologists, renal nurse, electricians, solicitor, policemen and builders helping out.”
During their time in the district there were 65 volunteers working on 15 properties and 25 volunteers in the kitchen.
“Twelve creek crossings were repaired along with 38km of fencing cleaned and 31km of fencing rebuilt,” Ms Cunliffe said.
“The dollar value to the community was $87,500 over 3500 hours of volunteer time.”
Landholder Terry McConville was grateful for the assistance.
“They were terribly nice people and I was surprised they came to work voluntarily,” he said.
“This repair work would have taken me weeks.”
❝ Colleen Cunliffe The commitment of volunteers is unbelieveable. Plus they actually enjoy it.
❝ Sue Telford The generosity of spirit of the people who donated their time blows me away.
DIGGING IN: Volunteers Don Smith and Damon Valentine drill another post hole on a Biggenden property.