Throughout the three-day agricultural extravaganza, the CFA community eduction tent standing alongside almost 700 exhibition sites. The tent was easy to find with the CFA flag flying atop the 1891 Shand Mason ladder parked next door, brought along by the keen members of the Central Victoria Fire Service Preservation Society.
The full range of CFA publications was laid out in the tent for adults to browse while children coloured in. An electronic Fire Danger Rating sign with push buttons let the public know what each rating means for them.
Jude Alexander and Susan Kidnie from the grassland curing project had a display. “We’re into our second year,” said Jude. “The laminated field card is available for interested farmers to keep in their tractor or ute. Volunteer field observers from around the state – they’re almost all CFA volunteers – have let us know where their pasture is up to week by week compared to the photographs on the field card.”
Cass Alexander, a dynamic member of Rushworth Fire Brigade, was also on site with a presentation of cover stories from the Waranga News about his brigade. The keen writer and photographer is passionate about all things CFA and makes sure the community knows all about brigade activities - a great way to attract new members.
Peers Alec and Norm were available each day to have a quiet chat with members. “Quite a few people have taken advantage of that,” said Peer Coordinator Norm Bowen. “There will probably be quite a few activations based on conversations we’ve had here. We’re available for brigade awareness nights to let members know or remind them of the services we offer.”
Corop West and Elmore trucks were also on site in case of emergency.