Fire shed on way

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

CHEQUE MATES:

Col Hei­dke and Jenny Neil­son

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