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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 18th 2009
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 19, 2009 MB Applause greets contingent of firies JENNIFER BENNETT Picture: PHIL ROGERS STILL smelling of smoke and looking happy to be home, a contingent of Rural Fire Services volunteers returned from Victoria to a round of applause at Sydney Airport. Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan and RFS Com- missioner Shane Fitzsimmons met the 70 volunteers, thanking them for their week's work. Mr Whan welcomed them back, saying they came home with the praise and gratitude of the people of NSW and Victoria. The volunteers left for Victoria the day after the worst of the fire and spent their time in Yea, Kilmore and Beechworth. The local Country Fire Auth- ority volunteers had been sent to other fronts in the south. Fireman Greg Last said: ''All the local brigades had been sent elsewhere, when we got there there was no one there at all.'' Steve Chomicz said he and the team saw a lot of devastation but the community and the CFA were working hard. ''And we're humbled we've been able to do our bit for them,'' he said. Keith White added that fighting any fire was difficult, but where there was a loss of life and property it was worse. ''The human tragedy of this hasn't sunk into me yet. It'll probably mean more to me in a week,'' he said. National day of mourning this Sunday CHARIS CHANG and FIONA BRADY INNER West residents will join in a national day of mourning for the victims of the Victorian bushfires this Sunday, February 22. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd an- nounced there would be a memorial service at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena from 11am. It will give Aust- ralians a chance to mourn those who died in the fires, and to recog- nise the courage and ef- forts of emergency ser- vice workers. Stories about the fer- ocity of the bushfires, and those who survived them, have brought an emotional response from many Australians, who have donated gen- erously to the Victorian Bushfire Fund co-ordinated by the Red Cross. Councils are pitching in on the local front. Ashfield Council agreed to donate $5000 to the Red Cross appeal at last Tuesday's council meeting. ''We also want to express our admiration felt for the Country Fire Authority and all the volun- teers,'' Mayor Ted Cassidy said. Neighbouring councils Canada Bay and Strathfield Council are set to de- bate making a donation of up to $10,000. Burwood Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook personally donated $250 to the Red Cross fund and is encouraging residents to do the same. Other politicians were also doing their bit with Lowe Federal Labor MP John Murphy volun- teering his office as a collection point for donations of clothing, towels, sheets and tinned food to assist with relief efforts. VICTORIAN BUSHFIRE TRAGEDY www.innerwestweekly.com.au DONATIONS OF CASH ARE NEEDED. Call the Victorian Bushfire Appeal on 1800 811 700 CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL 3 Stanley Street Concord NSW 2137 P: 9745 3777 F: 9744 2683 W: www.concord-h.schools.nsw.edu.au GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION FOR YEAR 7, 2010 Are you looking for a comprehensive school that accommodates both boys and girls and is designed to meet the needs of your talented child? Concord High School is a recognised state school which provide special curriculum for gifted and talented students. Specific teaching methodology is implemented. Our excellent teachers can strengthen students' academic, physical and cultural education. For more information, please come and visit the school on our Information Night. Time 6:30pm Thursday 5th March, 2009 Place: in the school theatrette Please call and have seats reserved. Applications forms will be distributed to parents who are interested. Please come and get a copy of our successful teaching curriculum. GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION 2117428K wk34 2112324i iww wk25
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