Members of the volunteer group Blaze Aid have set up camp at the Memorial Grounds in Rathdowney.
They expect to be in residence for some weeks while helping farmers from around the district to clean and repair fences damaged in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.
They are making good use of the canteen and are very happy with the ground’s facilities.
On Sunday afternoon the kitchen staff had a huge pot of pumpkin soup bubbling away on the stove top.
It appears that there has been a good crop of pumpkins grown locally this year!
Blaze Aid is very grateful to receive donations of money and food items.
Wright MP Scott Buchholz visited the BlazeAid camp at the Rathdowney to express his gratitude to the humble and hardworking volunteers, presenting them with a Wright Community Contribution Award and donating much needed camp supplies.
“The BlazeAid volunteers are restoring our local community, not only by clearing and rebuilding fences but by providing emotional support and lifting the spirits of those hit hardest by the recent floods,” he said.
“It was my pleasure to present BlazeAid with a Wright Community Contribution Award and donate first-aid kits and stationary supplies to help keep their operation running.”
The Rathdowney camp was set up after the local farming community reached out to BlazeAid for assistance after the recent floods.
BlazeAid camp coordinators Vicki McIntosh said they had received a lot of community support.
“We’ve done more BlazeAids than fingers and toes but people have bent over backwards here to help us with anything we’ve asked for,” she said.
“The Scenic Rim Regional Council has provided logistical support, locals have given us tables, chairs, fridges and cooking utensils while local businesses have provided us with leftover food.”
Mrs McIntosh said people had travelled from as far as Tasmania, Victoria and the Northern Territory to volunteer in the Scenic Rim.
“There’s a lot of givers in this group and it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, floods don’t discriminate and neither do we.”