Belt buckles recognise volunteers’ service
Across the Mid West, Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades volunteers play an integral part in supporting local communities.
Now, communities have an opportunity to support them.
In close consultation with Leon Baker Jewellers on Marine Terrace, the association has created multi-purpose and limited edition belt buckles.
The belt buckles will not only be issued to current serving volunteer firefighters, but they will serve as recognition for long-serving members of brigades across the State — and for one person, as a piece of treasured memorabilia.
Steve and Alison Lloyd are two local zone representatives for the association.
They said locals could get their hands on one of the limited edition buckles, helping out a worthy community cause in the process.
“The old belt buckles were rather small and outdated,” Mrs Lloyd said.
“We decided to come up with this design.
“It’s more for the dress uniform, for when we go to conferences.”
For $10, residents can buy a ticket which will put them in the running to win one of the highly sought-after buckles.
All money raised will go towards improving the association’s resources for volunteer fire brigades throughout the State.
Mr Lloyd said the limited edition buckles were made of sterling silver, with gold-plated logos of the association on either side, whereas the multi-purpose buckles are made of pewter.
“The pewter design, that’s an allpurpose one,” he said.
“The sterling silver ones are commemorative items for those who have served 30 or 40 years.”
The association is committed to supporting local businesses and using Australian-made material for its equipment.
Leon Baker jeweller Shain Forth said he was delighted he could help produce a locally made product which could be appreciated by locals.
“What Steve wanted to do was to have something actually made in the town — not made in China or somewhere like that,” he said.
“It can be produced with Australian leather as well and all produced here, which is the main object behind it.
“If you make the first one a limited edition, you might as well raffle it off as it is an original.”
Up to 20 hours were put into the design of the buckles, which appear to have gone over fantastically with members of the association.
If you would like more information on how to buy a ticket in the raffle, phone Mrs Lloyd on 0419 568 235.
Alison Lloyd, Steve Lloyd and Shain Forth are excited about the release of the limited edition belt buckles.