President’s Report – January 2020

i Jan 17th No Comments by


Welcome to the new year in what has started as a remarkably hot summer, following another drier than average winter.

International reporting of our National fires is much more ‘in depth’ than our local media, as shown by the BBC’s reporting of the Australia Bushfires.

Our members have been busy assisting BlazeAid by moving trailers to Edithburgh and Lobethal. Thanks to Brian Cosh, Max Klubal, Gordon Frith, Steve Powell, Derek Mikolaj and Richard Lozowy

Brian Cosh is planning to assist BlazeAid on Kangaroo Island and provides the following: –
The website ( updated its KI details yesterday (15th) to advise the camp will commence work on Saturday 18th.   I have been in email contact with the KI coordinators who have advised there are powered sites available for caravans, campervans and tents etc.   They are also requesting volunteers bring riggers gloves, hi-vis vests and other nominated equipment if possible as there is currently a shortage of equipment.   The return cost for me, my Paj and the caravan is $640 (car and van costs are based on length!) but Ann (BlazeAid KI coordinator) told me that they have received a (not very large) grant from SeaLink which they (BlazeAid) plan to distribute towards the end of their time on KI on a man-day of work basis, and suggested that a rough calculation shows the amount might only be in the region of $7 per day.

Our next Social meeting will be on the 28th January 2020 with no guest speaker – giving a chance for members to mingle and socialise. A lack of volunteers has resulted in no raffle being offered for this meeting.

Early preparations are underway for the March AGM, if you are willing to join the Management Committee to help fill vacant positions please contact a Committee member.

The new owners of Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, Narelle MacPherson and David Cobbold would benefit from our support, so we’re organising a Social meeting speaker and a Club trip.

Des Leach

ps: Firefighters: your worst day is our everyday