Eden loggers donate to Brogo firies

ASSISTANCE: Matthew McKinnon from Cyneve presents a cheque for $1500 to Brogo RFS brigade captain Mike Jay.

ASSISTANCE: Matthew McKinnon from Cyneve presents a cheque for $1500 to Brogo RFS brigade captain Mike Jay.

Eden log haulage company Cyneve has donated $1500 to the Brogo Rural Fire Brigade to go towards new equipment.

Company director Raymond Innes and log truck driver Matthew McKinnon made the donation to the brigade captain, Mike Jay, at the Brogo brigade shed on the weekend.

Mr Jay said it was great to receive the funding, which will be used to buy additional equipment such as an electrical meter.

“Recently we attended a house fire caused by an electrical problem. Not knowing where the wiring ran was a concern,” Mr Jay said.

“The brigade will use some of the money to buy a meter, so we will be able to locate electrical wiring in future. The rest of the money will be put to good use to buy additional equipment.” 

Cyneve has been hauling logs from a plantation harvesting operation on Andrew Price and Lori Sadler’s property at Brogo. 

“The haulage operation had been conducted over the past six weeks and Cyneve and our drivers greatly appreciated the cooperation and friendliness of other road users,” Nicole Innes said.

“The safety of the school bus and the children was a high priority and the bus company was contacted prior to haulage commencing. 

“The bus driver Peter, from Bega Valley Coaches, was great and maintained communications with our drivers to ensure there were no surprises. 

“We have been pleased at the favourable comments residents have made about the courtesy our drivers displayed.” 

The plantation was established about 25 years ago and the owners had decided it was time to harvest the crop. 

Mr Price said some of the plantation will be allowed to regenerate and other areas will be used for beef cattle grazing.

He said organising a harvesting operation was a new experience and the improved access to some parts of the property would help with future management. 

“Having moved my auto-electrician business to Brogo from the Mornington Peninsula about two years ago, this operation gave me a chance to work on some of the harvesting equipment, which was an interesting experience for me,” Mr Price said.

“We sold the logs to the Eden chip mill and Garry Hunter from Pentarch Forestry Services did all the planning and marking out to ensure the operation complied with the environmental regulations. 

“The money will help us with our home building and setting up our Clean Green Brogo Beef operation.” 

“As relatively new residents at Brogo, the operation has helped us to get to know other residents and the donation to the Brogo RFS will help the brigade protect the community from bush and structural fires.”

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