Better prepared

Better prepared

Club Terrace will be better able to respond to bushfires after the donation of a water tanker.
The five Rotary Clubs of East Gippsland came together and created the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid following last summer’s bushfires and the group is still supporting those most affected with the small, remote township of Club Terrace, north-east of Orbost with a population around 50, the latest recipient of a donation.
One-hundred per cent of all funds raised by the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid committee will be used to benefit the East Gippsland.
As part of a jointly funded purchase made by the Rotary Club of Melbourne and East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid, the mobile water tanker, pump and hoses were purchased through the local Orbost MG Trading store and donated to the community where 12 of 24 houses were destroyed
last summer. Chair of the East Gippsland Rotary
Fire Aid, Peter Sindrey, met with Club Terrace community member, Peter Dixon, and Rotary Club of Orbost’s Don Osborne, to present the tanker earlier this week.
“We are very grateful,” Mr Dixon said.
“We can’t always rely on authorities to have access into Club Terrace, so therefore a mobile tanker makes us much more resilient.” At a community meeting ran earlier in the year, it was noted that high on the agenda was the need for a mobile water tanker that could be moved around the community.
The general consensus was if one had of been readily available last summer perhaps things may have been a little different.
The wooden sign beside the tanker was hand-crafted by Mr Dixon.

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Chair of the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid, Peter Sindrey, met with Club Terrace community member, Peter Dixon, and Rotary Club of Orbost’s Don Osborne, to present the tanker earlier this week. (PS)


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