Cheers to friends

Biggenden com­mu­nity thanks BlazeAid for their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

DIG­GING IN: Vol­un­teers Don Smith and Da­mon Valen­tine drill an­other post hole on a Biggenden prop­erty.

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