News

83-year-old firefighter still going strong

EXPERIENCED: Greg Hunter may be 83-years-old but he doesn't let that stop him from volunteering as a rural firefighter for the South Nanango brigade.
EXPERIENCED: Greg Hunter may be 83-years-old but he doesn't let that stop him from volunteering as a rural firefighter for the South Nanango brigade. Jordan Philp

GREG Hunter may be 83 but it doesn't stop him from helping protect the community.

His career as a volunteer firefighter spans more than 60 years fighting countless fires.

He has volunteered longer than South Nanango Rural Fire Brigade has existed.

But Mr Hunter doesn't see what he does as anything special.

"I just do the job and go home," he said.

"I do it because it is a service to the people and I'm in good health so it means I can keep helping protect the community."

Although Mr Hunter doesn't get called out as much as he used to, he is still involved in the brigade and has been involved with controlled burns this year.

The firefighter encouraged younger people to do what he has done for more than half a century.

"It's good training, there's a good fellowship and most importantly it is doing something for the community," Mr Hunter said.

"I think volunteering is a good start for young people and it is a chance for them to learn new things."

South Nanango Rural Fire Brigade First Officer George Pike said Mr Hunter was a role model for young people to join.

"It's a shame there's not more devotion to it like what Greg has," he said.

"It is a shame the young people of today don't have the same calling or idea of volunteering."

Rural Fire Brigades throughout the South Burnett are in need of volunteers.

For more information on how you can help phone the Rural Fire Service on 4190 4839.

DEVOTED: Volunteer firefighter Greg Hunter has been protecting the community for more than 60 years.
DEVOTED: Volunteer firefighter Greg Hunter has been protecting the community for more than 60 years. Jordan Philp
South Burnett

Topics:  firefighter, nanango


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

North Burnett house wins design awards

The back entrance to Shannon Eastcott's award-winning home.

A HOUSE in Mundubbera has won two awards for POSSCO.

UPDATE: Police investigate crash that killed man, 58

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Mundubbera Landmark has new agent

NEW AGENT: Andrew Costello and Ashley Doessel.

Landmark Mundubbera welcomes new stock agent.

Latest deals and offers

Cowboys sign another South Burnett talent

A KINGAROY forward signed a deal with the North Queensland Cowboys

North Burnett house wins design awards

The back entrance to Shannon Eastcott's award-winning home.

A HOUSE in Mundubbera has won two awards for POSSCO.

UPDATE: Police investigate crash that killed man, 58

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Mundubbera Landmark has new agent

NEW AGENT: Andrew Costello and Ashley Doessel.

Landmark Mundubbera welcomes new stock agent.

Car and truck collide on North Burnett road

Queensland Ambulance Service on scene of an accident.  Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Two vehicle incident outside Mt Perry

Mundubbera murder accused fronts Brisbane court

Gary Ryan died on Tuesday after being stabbed multiple times. Police have launched a homicide investigation.

Second man extradited from NSW over Mundubbera stabbing fronts court

League star heads to our part of the world

Kevin Campion looks to pass out wide in the Legends of League charity match.Photo Tom Gillespie / The Western Star

Catch up with league legend Kevin Campion and exchange your stories

MOVIE REVIEW: Ben-Hur isn't likely to become a new classic

Toby Kebbell plays Messala Severus and Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in a scene from Ben-Hur.

ANYTHING less than grand in a remake of Ben-Hur won't do.

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Mexican band takes aim at Trump

Disguised as unhinged narcotraficantes, the Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the citys minorities with the bands infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Geros (Killing White People), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH.  Photo Contributed

'Satanic drug lord' band challenges Trump

Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder dead at 83

A still of Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Social media has already lit up with tributes to the late actor.

Bunnings starts demolition of historic foundry buildings

SAWTOOTH GONE: Demolition of Foundry sawtooth shed to make way for new Bunnings building.

Lane and footpath closures will take place

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale