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    APPRECIATIVE: Dimboola Community Cropping Group’s Ken Ough, left, and Ceus Wolthius present Dimboola Fire Brigade captain Ash Wallace and brigade members with a donation for the new station.

Dimboola community funds new fire station

Dimboola Fire Brigade has paid tribute to the community organisations and individuals who contributed to construction of its new fire station.

Brigade captain Ash Wallace said support for the project had been incredible, with financial and in-kind donations from ‘a large number’ of individuals, businesses and organisations. 

“Donations have come in a range of sizes and in some cases with a quid pro quo attached,” he said. 

“One contributor’s generous donation was made on the condition a brigade member committed to regular training sessions rowing on the Wimmera River.” 

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Captain Wallace said Dimboola Community Cropping Group gave $15,000 and Wimmera grain-silo manufacturer Ahrens Group contributed a four-bay storage shed. 

Brigade secretary Kylie Kuhne said the project had attracted other large donations. 

“We are equally appreciative of all of the amazing contributions from people who have donated as much as they can during a tough period,” she said. 

“In current times, all of these contributions are so incredible and we sincerely acknowledge and thank all who have responded to the fundraising campaign thus far.”

In addition to community donations, Dimboola Fire Brigade was successful in attracting funding via a CFA Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program. 

The program, which supports CFA brigades in buying equipment, vehicles and facility improvements, will support Dimboola brigade in construction of a motor-room space and a storage shed. 

Hindmarsh Shire Council’s Community Action Grant’s Program will also contribute a television to the new station’s meeting room. 

Ms Kuhne said the brigade was still accepting donations through Dimboola branch of Bendigo Bank.

She said it was also accepting contributions to ‘donation helmets’ at Dimboola’s Victoria Hotel, Dimboola Store and Dimboola Stockfeed and Produce. 

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