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Say 'thanks CFA' at Docklands festival
Melburnians wanting to get behind our volunteer fireys should head down to Jubilation at Docklands this Friday, Saturday or Sunday to write a message of support on a floating lantern, while enjoying food and free entertainment.
The three-day Jubilation festival will feature a display of several CFA fire trucks – both modern and vintage – as well as ‘special guest appearances’ from CFA mascots Captain Koala and Beepa the giant smoke alarm.
Food trucks and market stands will donate part of their proceeds to CFA brigades and visitors will be encouraged to leave a gold coin donation.
CFA CEO Mick Bourke thanked organisers Destination Docklands for making the event more than just a regular festival but an opportunity to support CFA.
“This is a chance for visitors to Docklands to recognise the great work that volunteers do to protect lives and property right around the state.
“While families are sitting down to their Christmas lunch, thousands of our people will be ready – as they are every year – to head out at a moments’ notice to fires, accidents and rescues,” he said.
“Summer is always a busy time for us, but we also look to the community to get busy at around this time with preparations for the fire season.
“Even if you are heading out to the bush for a short time over the holidays you still need to know what you would do if there is a day of high fire danger or if a fire starts close by,” Mr Bourke said.
A special stand at Jubilation will provide fire safety information, with experts on hand to talk with people who live in or visit fire prone areas – including grasslands near the urban fringe of Melbourne
Musical entertainment will include a headline performance from Aria-nominated band The Bamboos, and CFA volunteer Kayla Dwyer who is fast becoming the next best thing on the Australian country music scene.
It's also a chance to catch new six-piece CFA Band The Red Austins which will appear from 7.45pm on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Jubilation Festival will be situated in the precinct from New Quay Promenade to Victoria Promenade and run between 5pm to 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (12-14 December), also 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Friday. Visit www.jubilationmelbourne.com.au/jubilation/ for more information.