Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Water for Heathcote CFA

Heathcote RSL and Heathcote and District Community Bank have joined forces, donating water to Heathcote CFA.

BRONWYN BEYERS November 21, 2012 4:49am

Joining forces are (from left) RSL president Tony Illarietti, CFA volunteer Rory O’Donohue, Heathcote CFA captain Shane Nixon and Heathcote and District Community Bank manager Les Owens.

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.’’

comments powered by Disqus
Shepparton logo

Park snaps to it to build croc new home

Much like the 16-year-old teenager who outgrows their childhood bedroom, it’s time for Kyabram Fauna Park’s saltwater crocodile Getcha to upgrade to a larger enclosure.

shepp mags

The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.

Echuca mag

Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.


Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.


Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.