December 9, 2019
The South Burnett’s hard-working rural firies were saluted on Sunday at a special function organised in Kingaroy.
The “Firies Day Out” was organised by Simon Neal and Matt Collins with the assistance of the Commercial Hotel and Michael “DJ Direx” Monk.
It was an opportunity to thank the volunteer firefighters, raise some money for rural brigades and have some fun.
A string of musos donated their time and talents to make sure everyone was kept entertained.
The talent on stage included Amber Goldsmith, Natalie Fenton, RYZA, Luke Green, Deal’N and Soul Good.
Then there were the raffles. Simon thanked the generous South Burnett businesses who donated so many prizes.
And the celebrity “slave auction” …
Councillors and other local notables were put on the block at hourly intervals and offered to the highest bidder.
The winning bidders gained two hours’ work from their “slaves”.
The highest price paid – $1250 – was for Mayor Keith Campbell.
Mayoral candidate Brett Otto was “sold” for $300; but he had his revenge, “buying” Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff for $500.
Kathy, in turn, bought fellow councillor Ros Heit.
We have it on good authority that Cr Heit must now spend two hours cleaning Cr Duff’s rather large 4WD …
Simon now is making plans for some more fun charity nights in the South Burnett.
Footnote: There wasn’t much rest for the rural firies on Sunday. The Stuart River brigade members were called to a re-ignited wood chip fire at Benair in the morning; then in the evening worked with other crews to extinguish a fire started by lightning at Booie.