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Cunjurong Point

Brigade in Focus: Cunjurong Point

The volunteers of Cunjurong Point RFB are ‘hot’, signing up eight new members within the last year! With 31 members, the villages of Cunjurong Point, Manyana, Berringer and Bendalong on the South Coast of NSW must be feeling well protected.

Cunjurong Point RFB was found in 1971 with just seven members. The community helped with the foundation of the brigade by donating a trailer fitted with a water tank, 100 foot of hose and the use of a truck for towing.

The team had a five year stint filled with sausage sizzles and cake stalls to raise funds to build an equipment ‘garage’.

This fundraising tradition has served them well, for the stalwart of their efforts, the annual ‘Chocolate Wheel’, has been raising money for the brigade for new equipment for over 40 years.  The community, holiday makers and volunteers are all able to buy tickets and when the Chocolate wheel is spun, if they hold the matching ticket number the wheel comes to a halt on, they are the lucky winner and can choose their prize.

The brigade, along with Community Engagement member and RFSA Division 5 Chairperson Gary Barton, are also extremely active in educating their local community, visiting local preschools, schools and markets to discuss fire safety. 

Cunjurong Point RFB has also introduced a fire extinguisher workshop initiative to the community, educating residents on how to safely use extinguishers with demonstrations of real life situations.  

Located 35kms from Ulladulla, Cunjurong Point RFB have been drafted in to help at many ‘out of area commitments’ as Acting Secretary Melissa Smith pointed out. They have helped in events such as the 2012 floods in Wagga Wagga, were a part of the State Tactical Assistance Response Group (Stargs) for the Victorian bushfires in 2008, attended the Canberra fires in 2003 and Wollongong floods in 1998.

This willingness to help the community is a strong passion for the team. It has brought like-minded villagers together with many forming life-long friendships – a definite selling point for any new members out there.
 

Brigade Snapshot

Brigade: Cunjurong Point
Founded: 1971
District/Team/Zone: Shoalhaven District