Jamieson battles on in hol­i­day sea­son

Mansfield Courier - - Health & Beauty Guide -

JAMIESON CFA mem­bers at­tended the Jamieson fire sta­tion on Fri­day from 8am un­til 12noon, due to the ex­treme fire risk warn­ing for Jamieson.

The mem­bers were able to ad­vise res­i­dents and vis­i­tors on the prob­a­ble out­come if the con­di­tions changed.

Peo­ple left Jamieson dur­ing the day and drove to Mans­field, where they felt safer.

St Mary’s Hall was a venue that was manned by vol­un­teers, who of­fered cof­fee and tea and a friendly word of re­as­sur­ance.

Most of the res­i­dents and vis­i­tors re­turned to Jamieson later in the evening, as the threat had sub­sided.

A cool change fol­lowed by rain had set­tled the threat of fires and was fol­lowed on Sun­day with a glo­ri­ous sunny day and a clear blue sky.

THERE has been an amaz­ing sight in Jamieson for the last week; a fire en­gine with Caro­line Springs painted on the side on duty.

The Jamieson fire en­gine was taken to Tal­lan­gatta, early on New Year’s Eve.

The call for as­sis­tance from Tal­lan­gatta was an­swered.

The Jamieson crew left early in the morn­ing and as­sisted work­ing at the front line of the out-of-con­trol out­break at Tal­lan­gatta.

The vol­un­teers were bussed back to Jamieson later on New Year’s night.

A re­place­ment was needed for Jamieson, so the Caro­line Springs fire en­gine was sec­onded to duty in Jamieson.

But the ter­rain at Caro­line Springs, a north­ern outer Mel­bourne sub­urb, has a less chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment than the moun­tain­ous hills and tracks in the Jamieson area.

On Sun­day morn­ing CFA driv­ing in­struc­tor, Gerry Maloney and sec/trea­surer of the Jamieson CFA Peter Ho­ran, drove the vis­it­ing fire truck through the lo­cal hills on a train­ing trial.

The hills pre­sented no prob­lem, the fire and tourist tracks passed re­con­nais­sance fol­low­ing the sor­tie.

The vis­it­ing fire en­gine is a ‘beauty’ was the re­ac­tion of the crew.

With a very com­fort­able twin cabin, a great as­set when on fire fight­ing duty, the di­rec­tives can be given en route, as all crew are in the twin cabin.

THE Jamieson so­cial com­mit­tee, of the Jamieson Com­mu­nity Group, headed by Angie Leong, de­cided to hold a Bush Fire Re­lief fundraiser.

A good crowd of lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors at­tended the view­ing of the movie, ‘Jamieson, a town for All Sea­sons’, cre­ated by lo­cal film maker, Fred­die Leong, in the Jamieson Memo­rial Hall.

The funds are to be pre­sented to Blaze Aid to as­sist farmers who need ur­gent re­pairs to their fenc­ing and prop­erty fol­low­ing the hor­ren­dous bush fires in re­cent weeks.

A MEET­ING has been called in Jamieson for next Mon­day to rec­on­cile small business and the ef­fect of the bush­fire threats to busi­nesses in Jamieson and the lo­cal area.

Vic­to­rian Small Business Min­is­ter Adem Somyurek will ad­dress the small business own­ers in the Jamieson Memo­rial Hall.

Tim Arandt, pro­pri­etor of the

Jamieson Brew­ery, will chair the meet­ing.

The aim of the meet­ing is to fa­mil­iarise the min­is­ter with the grow­ing tourist en­vi­ron­ment and fa­cil­i­ties, and to seek ad­vice and re­mu­ner­a­tion for lost business with business clo­sures dur­ing ex­treme fire aware­ness days.

Jamieson busi­nesses are open for business, al­though the threat of fires has sent vis­i­tors away.

The smoke has cleared, the vis­i­tors have not re­turned, with can­cel­la­tions and evac­u­a­tions over the last weeks be­ing the or­der of the day.

Jamieson is look­ing for­ward to a bumper late sum­mer in­va­sion.

All wel­come.

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