Councillor Trevor McDonald, Burrum Heads SES group leader Darryl Scott and Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell talk about staying in contact.
Councillor Trevor McDonald, Burrum Heads SES group leader Darryl Scott and Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell talk about staying in contact. Contributed

More radios for Burrum Heads SES after $1000 donation

BURRUM Heads SES will be able to buy more radios thanks to a $1000 donation from the Mayor's Community Benefit Fund.

Darryl Scott, the Burrum Heads group leader, said their numbers had doubled since the tornado in January.

"We've got 15 members but only three hand-held radios," he said.

"Most of our money comes from members fundraising efforts so this donation from the community benefit fund will go a long way to help us out."

People can apply for a donation from the fund by writing a letter to Mayor Gerard O'Connell who said the applications were judged on their merit.

The Mayor's Community Benefit Fund was started in November last year and now has $43,000 available.

Anyone can donate to the fund which is used to help locals who need help quickly such as families whose house has burnt down, someone who is stuck because vital equipment has broken or been stolen or to get back on their feet after a natural disaster.

While the fund is primarily to assist individuals and families directly affected by disaster, it is also open to groups such as rural fire brigades and State Emergency Service groups to them prepare for the approaching natural disaster season and groups that provide community support.

The funds are allocated at the discretion of the Mayor as they come to light.

Donations can be made at any of the council's customer service centres in Hervey Bay, Maryborough or Tiaro.



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