Ocean Grove Country Fire Authority Brigade’s annual dinner

It was with great pleasure on Saturday, 15 July, that I once again attended the Ocean Grove Country Fire Authority brigade’s annual dinner — I was asked to propose a toast to the brigade — and to celebrate with them the great work of the volunteers and career staff at the brigade. The Ocean Grove CFA is a brigade where volunteers and career firefighters serve proudly and cooperatively together in protecting their community and the wider Bellarine Peninsula, and like all brigades right across the Bellarine, Ocean Grove is very much an integral and respected organisation in the community. I congratulate them and thank them for their ongoing contribution. The night itself was a great success enjoyed by not only firefighters but also the many partners who also contribute to the service either directly or indirectly through the support they give to their family member or members, as is the case with many families.

On the night a number of awards were presented to very worthy recipients. These were: the National Medal to Tony Hodder; a Brigade Life Member award for 55 years as a volunteer with the CFA to Sylvia Pearce; a Firefighter of the Year Award to Jayden Harrison-Roberts; an Encouragement Award to both Simon Simpson and Adam Webb-Taylor; a Brigade Member Award to Craig Cann; and an RSL Award to Neil Hickman. I congratulate those members who received awards on the night. But just as importantly, I thank and commend all members of the Ocean Grove CFA — in fact all brigade members across the Bellarine — for the important and selfless service they provide in keeping our local communities safe.