The Quaama Bushfire Brigade celebrated the opening of a new out-station at Upper Brogo last Saturday.
The event was attended by more than 60 people with some absentee residents travelling from as far as Canberra and Melbourne for the occasion.
The station will serve an isolated community located at Puen Buen, towards the head of the Brogo Dam nestled in the hills adjacent to the Wadbilliga National Park.
It is in one of the highest fire risk areas of the region. This will ensure Quamma real estate is more protected from disastrous bush fires.
Summer is on the way, and locals need to be aware of the importance of developing a fire plan that prepares all residents and their property.
In the event of a major incident, the little red truck may not be able to help so everyone needs to know what to do and have their properties prepared before it happens.
Quaama brigade president said all brigade and community members were extremely grateful for grants, including the ANZ’s Seeds for Renewal grant and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) Volunteers Grants Program.
These funds purchased materials and were matched with 260 volunteer man hours for the actual work in laying the slab, building the shed and finishing and preparing the site.
Bega Valley Shire mayor Tony Allen commended everyone on an extraordinary community effort.
The Quaama Bushfire Brigade is actively working on a second larger station in Quaama village which it hopes will be completed by the end of the summer.
Future activities of the Quaama RFS Upper Brogo station will include installation of a composting toilet and the Clean Energy for Eternity Brogo Dam swim to raise funds for solar panels on the roof.