Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Firies' Sign a Benefit to Community; No-One Gets Bored with Board That Helps Kids in Need

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Firies' Sign a Benefit to Community; No-One Gets Bored with Board That Helps Kids in Need

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Byline: Kristy Martin

MARRIAGE proposals, memorials, State of Origin support ... the community notice board at the Tweed Heads fire station has seen it all.

It may be an unusual way to get the message across, but locals have fully embraced the Tweed Heads South noticeboard, with some people even booking the sign a year in advance.

Senior firefighter Bruce Ransome said members of the public were asked to give a monetary donation to use the sign, and all proceeds went to children's charity Kids In Need.

Most people donate between $5 and $10, but there have been donations of up to $50 in the past, which the firefighters say helps the charity to support sick and disadvantaged children.

"Most fire stations in the state have the signs and they are used as a way to communicate with the public about fire safety," Mr Ransome said.

"We use it to inform people about total fire bans and to remind them to change their smoke alarm batteries, but somewhere along the way it just got taken over by birthday messages and things. …

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