Heathcote RSL and Heathcote and District Community Bank have joined forces, donating water to Heathcote CFA.By Bronwyn Beyers
A Victorian Government decision in September to cut CFA funding has affected district CFA units.
Heathcote CFA was informed it would no longer be supplied with bottled water unless a volunteer was available to travel to Bendigo to collect it.
Heathcote RSL president and Heathcote and District Community Bank manager Les Owens decided to join forces and donate a pallet of water to the Heathcote CFA as a way of helping out.
‘‘It’s a collaboration between the RSL and the bank to help out the CFA at the start of the fire season,’’ Heathcote RSL president Tony Illarietti said.
‘‘When it was mentioned that they’d already had a few fires, the RSL and bank jumped on it.’’
‘‘We do a lot of fundraising to keep the unit going and everything maintained, but this is the first time other community organisations have thought about the firefighters themselves,’’ Heathcote CFA captain Shane Nixon said.
‘‘We might spend an hour putting out a fire, but we can spend eight hours mopping up and that’s thirsty work.
‘‘The brigade is just ecstatic to get this kind of support from the community.’’
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