Canungra Rural Firefighters received a boost in field capability recently when Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham handed over a new All-Terrain Vehicle to access isolated areas, together with a trailer and water pump. The vehicle is valued at over $40,000.
For more than a decade Energex has partnered with the State’s Rural Fire Service providing more than $750,000 worth of operational equipment directly to local brigades.
Funding for the vehicle also came from a generous group from a Beenleigh Over 50’s village, who had previously donated water for Canungra when the Water Treatment Plant was closed.
The Beenleigh group raised $2,125 through raffling a Gerding Clock, made by one of their residents. They visited Canungra on 7th March to present a cheque to the Canungra Rural Fire Brigade and supported the town further by visiting the local shops and cafes.
Dr Lynham said he was proud to hand over vital firefighting and lifesaving equipment, on behalf of Energex, to volunteers who go out of their way to protect lives and property within the community.
“There’s no question this fire season has been one of the worst on record and to ensure the community remained safe the men and women of the local brigades demonstrated exceptional commitment, diligence and bravery,” Dr Lynham said.
“They were out there in not only tough conditions, but sometimes terrifying situations putting their lives on the line for others.
“I am honoured to be able to meet these local heroes today and officially hand over additional equipment I hope will assist them continue their tremendous work in the future.”