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Little River turns 75

By: Simon Thomson

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers

  7.43 PM 5 December, 2012

Location: District 7 News

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On Sunday 24th November Little River Fire Brigade turned 75 and received keys to a new 3.4c Tanker.

Little River is a rural brigade formed in December 1937 and joined the CFA when it was legislated in 1944.

Little River Fire Brigade has only 16 members and the highest number of annual rural turnouts within the region, roughly 70 per year.

Approximately 80 guests attended the event held at Little River Mechanics Institute to celebrate this milestone and view the VESEP sponsored tanker.

Special guests who attended the day included; MP John Eren, Member for Lara, Regional Director Bob Barry CFA Barwon South West, Cr Heather Marcus City of Whyndham Mayor, Cr Peter Maynard, Cr Peter Gibbons, various surrounding brigade captains and group officers.

Community groups were also represented including; Lara Bendigo Community Bank, Little River Sports Club and Little River Lions Club.  Special mentions to the Wauthorong Aboriginal Co-operative, as traditional owners of the land they were also present.

Past and present members of the brigade along with their families also attended to view the unveiling of a Brigade Honour Board, which recognises all past Captains, Secretaries and Treasurers since the formation in 1937.

There was also the release of a book that details the brigade’s history up until the 75th anniversary prepared by Ray Sanderson and the Little River Historical Society.

The celebrations included many stories and speeches to recognise the brigade’s history along with tributes delivered from Regional Director Bob Barry, Mayor of Wyndham Cr Heather Marcus, MP John Eren, Secretary Tim Young and current and longest serving Captain Terry Hedt.

Regional Directory Bob Barry presented Captain Terry Hedt with the keys to the new Brigade owned VESEP sponsored tanker, which were gladly received.

The purchase of the tanker could not have occurred without the generous support received from the Lara and District Bendigo Community Bank and its board.

Neville Trevena spoke on behalf of the Bank and its board and then, together with the board, presented the Brigade with a cheque for $15,000 that was a major donation to the Brigade to purchase the truck.

The Brigade presented CFA Long Service Awards to its members:

  • 5 year certificates to:
  1. Firefighter Robert McNaught
  2. Brigade Member Lynnette Richmond
  3. Firefighter Michael Webb
  • 10 year Service Medal to Firefighter Tim White
  • 15 year Service Clasp to 2nd LT Daryl Hedt
  • 20 year Service Medal to 4th LT Rick Szakiel
  • CFA life membership medal was awarded to Secretary Tim Young for 33 years service to the brigade
  • Captain Terry Hedt was presented with a 45 year Life Member Clasp.

Brigade 1st LT Greg Archer was presented with National Medal for his 15+ years of diligent service to the community. 

After the formalities, an afternoon tea was provided for guests with the new tanker and other Brigade vehicles on display and the station open for inspection.

Local MP John Eren spoke in State Parliament on the 27th November of the brigade’s celebration. All in all, a great day was had by all who attended.


Last Updated: 06 December 2012