Fire fails to si­lence band

Com­mu­nity ral­lies af­ter heavy losses

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

AF­TER a dev­as­tat­ing loss for the East Bal­lina Lions Club last Satur­day morn­ing, the band still played at the Bal­lina Mar­ket on Sun­day – and that says it all.

A fire last Satur­day morn­ing at the Lions club’s shed, which is lo­cated be­tween Fripp Oval and the Bal­lina TAFE off Canal Rd, de­stroyed all the club’s equip­ment which they use to raise money for the com­mu­nity – in­clud­ing a bar­be­cue trailer.

But in a spirit of get­ting on with the job, the Lions held the monthly mar­ket, which they run, us­ing loaned bar­be­cues and mar­quees to keep the fundrais­ing go­ing – and the Bal­lina Shire Con­cert Band per­formed as usual.

Club sec­re­tary, Max Moore, said the club, which usu­ally re­ceived grate­ful thanks from the peo­ple they sup­port, said it was the Lions turn now to thank the com­mu­nity.

“This will knock us around, but it won’t put us out of busi­ness,” he said.

“We will get stronger, and we will be more deter­mined (in their sup­port of the com­mu­nity).

“We’ve all had ad­ver­si­ties in our life, and this one is for us.”

He said the heat of the fire was so in­tense it “melted” things like white goods, ban­ners, mar­quees and other items.

He said the cause of the fire was not known, and while the po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing, the feel­ing was that it wasn’t started by van­dals.

He said the re­place­ment cost for all the gear lost would run into the thou­sands of dol­lars, but thank­fully it was insured.

The build­ing it­self was owned by Bal­lina Shire Coun­cil, and was on land leased by coun­cil from TAFE.

Mr Moore said the club al­ready had re­ceived of­fers of do­na­tions of bar­be­cues and mar­quees.

The Bal­lina Scouts were one of the first or­gan­i­sa­tions to help out, with a loan of two bar­be­cues to keep the snags turn­ing at the mar­ket.

Bal­lina coun­cil also helped out by pay­ing for por­taloos for the mar­ket.

Mr Moore said the club’s char­ter doc­u­ment wasn’t de­stroyed

Phone him on 6686 6233.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

DEV­AS­TAT­ING LOSS: The East Bal­lina Lions Club has been dev­as­tated by a fire at the club's Bal­lina shed.

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