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Jamie-Lee Olsen with the wooden outdoor chapel she built as part of her tasks to earn the Australian Scout Medallion, the highest award in Australian scouting

May 29, 2017

If you didn’t make it to the Kingaroy Scouts’ annual show’n'shine on Saturday, you missed out on more than just a well-attended car show.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service personnel put on several displays, demonstrating bushfire awareness as well as the skills that Kingaroy firefighters must put into action when they attend a motor vehicle crash.

There was also food and drinks and a jumping castle for the kids – as well as lots of cars, motorbikes and even some construction equipment.

One group enjoying the day was the Olsen family who turned out in force to see Kingaroy scout Jamie-Lee Olsen presented with her Australian Scout Medallion.

To qualify for this award – which is the highest in Australian scouting – Jamie-Lee had to complete the Adventurer level in scouting, which included a three-day hike, along with a leadership course, then undertake a project.

She chose to erect an outdoor chapel, complete with pews and a pulpit, at the rear of the Kingaroy Scouts’ block of land in James Street.

Jamie-Lee had to organise the use of a dingo to dig the postholes as well as the timber.

Funds were raised through one month of sausage sizzles outside SupaIGA in Kingaroy as well as help from the scouts’ Parents’ Committee.

In the end, the final construction took just two days.

Also presented with certificates of the day by Kingaroy Scouts were South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell and QFES Kingaroy Station Officer Bruce Groer.

Kingaroy Scouts presented certificates of appreciation to South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell and QFES Kingaroy station officer Bruce Groer ... from left, Scout Leader Brooke Maynard, Keith Campbell, Kingaroy Group Leader Martin Harmsworth, Bruce Groer and Regional Leader Scouts (Sun Coast Region) Ken Howes

Kingaroy Scout Leader Brooke Maynard with Jamie-Lee Olsen, second from right, who was presented on Saturday with the Australian Scout Medallion; Jamie-Lee is pictured with her proud parents Jason and Jo Olsen

Mayor Keith Campbell gets up close and personal with Blazer the Bear

QFES Brigade Training Support Officer Mark Pomeroy was setting up the bushfire simulation display

Enjoying a break from the car show were Terry and Rhonda Mackrell (blue shirts), from the South Burnett Gas Guzzlers car club, and local Shannons agent Col Rogerson and his wife Yvette

Queensland Badge Club members Lynlie Cross, from Widgee, and Peter Anderson, from Moffat Beach, who had an extensive display of scouting badges on show ... both are keen collectors; Lynlie has about 200,000 scout and girl guide badges in her collection, while Peter has about 100,000

Fiona Butler, from Blackbutt, with her 1971 HQ Monaro

Steve Wyvill, from Yarraman, with his 1969 HT Monaro

John Wittmann, from Kingaroy, with his 1976 XB Falcon panelvan

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Kingaroy firefighters put on a live demonstration of how they would remove a trapped and injured passenger from a wrecked car.  

The sacrificial vehicle  - possibly a 1989 Lexus - put up a bit of a fight but it was no match for the Kingaroy firies.

The firefighters still managed to extract their “patient” in less than 20 minutes. …

Firefighters carefully smash the windows and begin the task of levering open and removing the doors

The jaws of life are put into action to clip away further obstructions

A job well done ... no roof, no doors and a "patient" - this time just a dummy - on the way to hospital


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