Cherrabah to host thankyou for firies
WITH 25 active members covering an area spanning from Morgan Park to the border on Cullendore Rd, there's no denying the Wildash Rural Fire Brigade has a big job on their hands.
In recent months, the Wildash area has come under serious threat from bushfires - with the rural brigade throwing all its resources into keeping property and residents safe.
To give thanks to the hard-working brigade and raise money to keep them going, Wildash residents and Cherrabah Resort are gathering for a community barbecue on Saturday.
Wildash Fire Brigade secretary/treasurer Eileen Scott said the barbecue at Cherrabah Resort was all about trying to get as many people together to show their support.
"The more people we can get here the better," she said.
"We're just trying to get people to support the firies and let them know to stay vigilant."
The Wildash Rural Fire Brigade has been invaluable to Cherrabah Resort, giving operations manager Fran Edney peace of mind during times of high fire danger.
"We're happy to support them - I know I'd be useless in a fire," she said.
"We're doing our bit in saying thankyou - any money we make will go back into the fire brigade."
When fire burned just four kilometres from Cherrabah last month, fire bombers were coming in and filling up with water from the resort's dam.
At the helm of protecting 267sq km of land is Wildash Brigade first officer Paul Maher, who has been fighting fires in the area for most of his life.
"With the weather in the last couple of years they (the fires) have been very serious," Mr Maher said.
"Overall we have pretty good support from the community.
"We've got a fairly good rapport with the NSW Fire Brigade too.
"Our big message to residents is to just be vigilant when the weather is prone to fires."
The community barbecue will start at 4pm on Saturday.
It will cost $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Everyone can enjoy swimming and entertainment. Bookings are essential. Phone 4667 9177.