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Bacchus Marsh Brigade celebrates Australia Day
Australia Day celebrations commenced early for members of Bacchus Marsh Fire Brigade this Australia Day.
Written by Heather Vile - Bacchus Marsh Fire Brigade
A number of members travelled to the Moorabool Shire Australia Day awards ceremony in Ballan where our Captain, Nathan Ractliffe, was presented with the Mayor’s award for his commitment to the community through his roles as Brigade Captain, Bacchus Marsh Group Deputy Group Officer and in his career with Victoria Police.
At the awards service, Nathan reflected on his 22 years of service with the CFA and talked about the importance of his three families – his own family, his Victoria Police family and his CFA family.
He went on to state that the award "...was not an individual award but that it really belonged to the brigade given the aptitude and drive all of us have in volunteering within our own community and providing support to other areas of the state or across Australia when called upon."
Following the conclusion of the ceremony, we headed back to Bacchus Marsh Fire Station where, in what has become a tradition, we held a flag raising ceremony followed by a BBQ with members and their families. It was fantastic to see many members and families in attendance, with the kids being entertained by a look over the appliances and a game of backyard cricket.
Another social Australia Day allowing us time to catch up, relax and enjoy a tale or two.
Pictures by Blair Dellemijn and Heather Vile.