Fire shed on way
MOWBRAY’S volunteer bush fire brigade is close to being able to build its long-awaited vehicle shed.
A grant of council land is currently being finalised near Spring Creek to site the planned $35,000 three-bay shed.
As well as housing the fire fighters’ truck, the shed will be available as a community hall.
To help the campaign along, the Port Douglas Queensland Country Womens Association branch presented a $200 cheque to Mowbray Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade first officer Col Heidke last Friday.
After years of building up funds from rural land levies and with some state grant money it means the brigade has enough to start construction when the land is released, finally providing shelter for its medium fire attack vehicle which has never had a proper garage.
The cash on hand will buy the kit shed and free labour by volunteer tradies will put it up.
Mr Heidke thanked the QCWA members for their contribution.
PD branch president Jenny Neilson said it was another example of the work done by the QCWA. The money had come from the regular Friday afternoon cake stalls at the associ- ation’s Blake St headquarters. ‘‘With the QCWA, absolutely 100 per cent of the money goes to the intended target,’’ she said. ‘‘None of it goes anywhere else.’’
The dire conditions for farming families in parched north- west Queensland was occupying the thoughts of the QCWA at the moment.
She said the association was always keen for new members.
Col Heidke and Jenny Neilson