A number of mine volunteers took Euan and his wife Kristen on a tour of the facilities, both above and below ground.
They were then given a presentation at the Fire Museum display within the grounds of the State Coal Mine. This display was made possible by the cooperation of Parks Victoria management at the site and the efforts of Wonthaggi CFA volunteers and local community artists in preparing and assembling the displays. The display is open to members of the public who visit the State Coal Mine.
Later on that evening, Euan attended the 101st Wonthaggi Fire brigade annual dinner, where he and Southern Metropolitan Regional Operations Manager Trevor Owen presented service awards to brigade members. All made that little bit extra special when their award was presented to them by the Chief Officer!
This marked the first time Euan had attended an event in Bass Coast and it was great to see many local brigade captains and their partners at the dinner.
Member for Bass, the honourable Ken Smith was on hand at the dinner as well as representatives from Victorian State Emergency Service, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and Bass Coast Mayor, Veronica Dowman.
State Coal Mine photos courtesy of Jacob de Kunder – Great Southern Star – Leongatha.
Wonthaggi FB Dinner images courtesy Everett O’Keeffe – Wonthaggi Fire Brigade.