Akuna Bay Cruising Club

The Blazing Summer of 2004

McCarrs Creek © Peter Firminger 2004

McCarrs Creek

Monday 19 January, 2004

Well here we are just into our new boating year and we are lucky to have survived the serious bush fires that encircled AKUNA BAY from the 7th-11th January.

A big thankyou must go to the brave volunteers from the Rural Fire Services based at the Terry Hills Headquarters, who saved the day and our boats from certain disaster.

The television coverage together with pictures in the newspapers of the exhausted volunteers working in near heat wave conditions to contain the fire will live with us for a long time. The landscape along McCarrs Creek road, tells the story of how large the fire became, before being defeated.

To express our gratitude, on behalf of all our club members, I visited Fire Headquarters and was met by the chief logistics officer for the Rural Fire Services and dozens of very tired fire fighters, as well as Police Superintendent Steve Cullen who were is command of the Akuna Bay operation and who had been on duty for some 32 hours straight.

I presented a Thankyou card, and our Club Burgee to be hung on their canteen wall together with a boot load of Beer and Champagne to help celebrate their victory over the fire. I extended an invitation to attend a Club Meeting to hear the Real Story from their side and where once again our club will be able to show our gratitude over a sausage sizzle and drinks in a more relaxed climate