Council praises volunteer efforts in storm clean-up
SOUTH Burnett Regional Council is thankful for the support BlazeAid volunteers gave to those affected by October's severe storms.
Mayor Keith Campbell and Councillor Kathy Duff handed out hampers at a thank you dinner on November 17 to show their appreciation to the volunteers.
"I think this whole effort has really given our farmers a tremendous help along and I would like to say another huge thank you to everyone involved,” Cr Duff said.
BlazeAid worked on 53 properties, cleared 45km of fences and repaired 41km of fences.
They cleared debris on 82 acres of land and proved a total of 503 days of volunteer labour.
South Burnett residents provided 14 teams of caterers to feed the workers and these teams provided 589 meals during the volunteers' stay.
The councillors presented South Burnett BlazeAid coordinator John Lillico with two bottles of wine donated from Kingsley Grove, and his assistant Lynne Walters was presented with flowers.
"John Lillico said that the devastation in our region was the worst he has seen at any BlazeAid camp and that this community is the best community he has ever worked with,” Cr Duff said.
Each of the farming families assisted by BlazeAid received an Aldi voucher from a South Burnett church.