Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Coast to Country

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Coast to Country

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THE St Mary's High School community lived true to its credo of 'Reach Out' recently when it raised in excess of $5000 for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

At the recent school swimming carnival, students were asked to open their pockets and give whatever they could to the appeal. At day's end, more than $1000 had been raised. "For a school of 400 students that was a phenomenal effort," assistant principal Mrs Karen Davies said.

In following days, money continued to pour in, with some students donating their entire wages from part-time jobs and pocket money.

This spirit of generosity culminated in a twilight concert, when a group of talented students and teachers performed in the 'Dig Deep to Reach Out' concert for members of the public. Some high-quality entertainment was showcased and $3000 was raised to add to an already impressive fund raising total. New principal Mr Aaron Beach complimented the school community at a recent assembly, saying he had rarely witnessed such selfless generosity at a school.

Mullumbimby

THE members of the Mullumbimby State Emergency Service unit are eagerly waiting to move into their new headquarters.

The new headquarters will provide a modern facility to assist in the operational management and response to both floods and storms. In preparation, on Sunday, February 22, members erected the SES sign on the new building. The new building will enable storage of all the unit resources, including vehicles, storm trailers, floodboats and other equipment.

The building will contain an operations centre with information technology systems which enable timely and accurate information to be assessed by the operational management teams.

The Byron Shire SES Local Controller, Noel McAviney said: "The building is taking shape and it will certainly assist in the unit's ability to respond to requests for assistance during floods and storms."

The building will also provide a much larger training area than the previous headquarters.

"The new training area will greatly assist our members and hopefully may encourage more members to join the SES,. …

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