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Australia Day Parade 2017
Once again, CFA and Coastguard Staff and Volunteers participated in the Australia Day Parade which was held on Thursday 26 January 2017 along Swanston Street and culminating at the Domain Gardens, just off of St Kilda Road.
This year we were supported by the Wesburn/Millgrove Tanker and crew and also the Coastguard Nissan towing their Coastguard boat.
A total of 40 CFA members including 7 Coastguard and 2 CFA pipers proudly united to fly CFA’s/Coastguard’s flags and involvement in the Emergency Services Section of the Parade.
CFA Volunteers travelled long distances to participate in the Parade and came from as far away as Eaglehawk, Portland, Crib Point, Hastings, Patterson River, Drouin West, Mirboo North, Paynesville, Eildon, Tallarook, Trawood, Lilydale, Montrose, Seville, Epping, Eynesbury, Bacchus Marsh, Clunes, Ballarat, D23HQ, Baranduda, Barnawartha, Indigo Valley, Traralgon West, Yallourn North, Wesburn/Millgrove, Carrum Downs, and Frankston.
Up front leading the CFA contingent was Tony Treffers from Baranduda Brigade holding the CFA/Coastguard sign and proudly flying the CFA Flag was Terry Heafield from D23 Headquarters with Coastguard’s flag being proudly held by Hovvey Johnston.
CFA were ably led by its resident CFA Bagpipe Band - Operations Officer Malcolm Bruce and ex CFA staffer and volunteer member with Montrose Mick Ryan. The sound of the CFA Bagpipes was an added attraction to all of our Members marching in the Parade. All were very popular with the crowd and many photos were taken of our wonderful CFA pipers with members of the community before and after the Parade.
Hundreds of colourful community and multicultural groups marched in the Parade which commenced from the corner of Swanston and Bourke Streets after the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall and concluded at the Kings Domain Gardens.
There were loud cheers and clapping from the crowds lining the streets when CFA/Coastguard members proudly walked along Swanston Street and into St Kilda Road. The reaction to our members was overwhelming and made us all feel very proud of our organisation and the work that we voluntarily do for the State of Victoria. Our generous volunteers also handed out the Australian Flags that we were presented with by the Parade Organisers to members of the audience along the route. Members from Wesburn/Millgrove also showed young members from the community how to hold a CFA truck hose which was an added attraction.
After the Parade, those volunteers that were able to join us for lunch enjoyed a very tasty Australia Day BBQ lunch prepared by the Monbulk Fire Brigade on the banks of Lakeside Drive at Burwood East before tackling the long drive home. Unfortunately for us, Sally Rutzou from Monbulk Fire Brigade who co-ordinates our Australia Day BBQ was unable to join us as usual, as she herself was being presented with an Australia Day Award from the Shire of Yarra Ranges. Congratulations Sally from us all.
Thank you so much to our wonderful volunteers that joined us on this auspicious occasion. We enjoyed having you represent CFA on this special day. Also a big thank you to CFA photographers Keith Pakenham and Blair Dellemijn who provided us with some spectacular photos of the day.