|The Dimboola Fire Brigade recently began fundraising to contribute towards the construction of a new fire station, with Brigade members expressing their appreciation at the generosity of the Dimboola and wider community.
Brigade Captain Ash Wallace said that “support for this project has been incredible with donations coming from a large number of individuals, businesses and organisations.
“Donations have come in a range of sizes and in some cases with a quid pro quo attached”.
“In one case, a local identity made a very generous donation on the condition that one of our Brigade members committed to regular training sessions rowing on the Wimmera River with them”.
While not all donations have had conditions attached, there have been several notable examples, including a contribution of $15,000 from the Dimboola Community Cropping Group, and the donation of a large, four-bay storage shed by the Ahrens Group who are best known as a local manufacturer of grain silos.
Above - Ken Ough and Ceus Wolthius from the Dimboola Community Cropping Group presenting Dimboola Captain Ash Wallace and Brigade members with their generous donation towards the new Dimboola Fire Station.
Brigade Secretary, Kylie Kuhne, said that “we have received a number of large donations, and we are equally appreciative of all of the amazing contributions from people who have donated as much as they can during a tough period”.
“In the current times, all of these contributions are so incredible, and the Brigade wishes to sincerely acknowledge and thank all of those who have responded to the fundraising campaign thus far”.
In addition to contributions from local businesses and the community, the Brigade has also successfully applied for funding through the CFA ‘Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program 2021’. The program, which supports CFA Brigades to purchase a range of equipment, vehicles and appliances, and make minor facility improvements, Dimboola Urban Fire Brigade will provide the Dimboola Brigade with additional support towards a larger motor-room space and construction of the rear storage shed.
The Brigade has also been successful in applying to the Hindmarsh Shire’s ‘Community Action Grants’ program, which will support the addition of a large-screen television to the meeting room of the new station.
Combined with the donations provided by local organisations, businesses and the community, these grants will ensure that the new fire station provides a state of the art facility with sufficient space to grow, enabling Brigade volunteers to continue protecting the community into the future.
Fundraising for the new fire station is continuing, and contributions can be made through the Dimboola branch of the Bendigo Bank. Further details are also available on the Dimboola Urban Fire Brigade Facebook page, while anonymous contributions can be made into our donation helmets located at the Victoria Hotel in Dimboola, Dimboola Store, and Dimboola Stockfeed and Produce.
Secretary Kuhne reminded anyone wishing to make a donation that those over $2 are tax-deductible, and if a receipt is required, they can request one by sending their contact details to PO Box 105, Dimboola, Vic. 3414.