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Services day called off

Geoff Gray, Lee Tenning, Tomas Ratoni, Rob Collison, Stuart Hogben, Di Ballack, John Gnech and John Shores get together for Emergency Services.
Geoff Gray, Lee Tenning, Tomas Ratoni, Rob Collison, Stuart Hogben, Di Ballack, John Gnech and John Shores get together for Emergency Services.

KINGSCLIFF Coast Guard volunteer Di Barrack is upset to see Tweed's emergency services lose their one day of networking because it was becoming too difficult to organise.

Emergency Services Day, an annual event when local emergency services gathered for the past six years to inform the public of their activities, will no longer be held due to issues including public liability insurance.

The $3250 intended to fund this year's event was last Thursday donated to Tweed Hospital children's ward and the Westpac Surf Life Saver Rescue helicopter.

Ms Barrack said besides an informative day, it was the only time local emergency services were able to get together without a disaster in the background.

“In the end the current committee did not want to do another one because they had already done it three years in a row and it was difficult to get public liability insurance,” Ms Barrack said.

“It was always hard work to organise, but it always paid off.”

Emergency Services Day would bring together representatives from the Kingscliff Coast Guard, Tweed Heads Police, Tweed SES, Tweed River Fire Brigade, Bilambil Fire Brigade, St John's Ambulance, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club.

They set up stalls for information along with a barbecue and rides for children.

Ms Barrack said there was nothing else like it.

“It's a real shame to see it go,” she said.

“Hopefully we inspired some future policemen and firefighters in the time we were there.”

Last year's event was held in October at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.



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