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1 From the GM’s Desk
2. Message from the President
Message from the Minister Hon. Mark Ryan
3. Australian Business Supporting Rural Fire
4. The Ladies of Scrubby Creek Brigade
Behind the scene of Yellow Truck / Yellow Coat TV Commercial
5. Remembering Denis Frank Dack OAM
6. Brigade Profile: Bingera Weir Yellow Ribbon Day 2017
7. AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ
8. Firie Femmes at Miss Muddy Thank You LGAQ
RFBAQ Stall At Bushfire 2016 Connecting Science, People and Practice
9. Proposed PPB Funding
Thank you Firecom from Rural Fire Brigades
10. Bushfire Lego Theme A Winner
RFBAQ/RFSQ Out In The Paddock Listening Tour
11. 50 x $1,000 PPB Community Defence Grants
13. Letter to the Editor
Gaeta brigade can now harvest water
14. Fire Danger Rating Signage
Queensland RFB Volunteer Survey Results
15. Big Thank You for RFBAQ Grant A Family Affair
16. Ever considered standing for election as an RFBAQ Elected Representative?
17. 2018 Commonwealth Games
RFBAQ Requests Changes to Vegetation Management Act
18. Eudlo 91: From Niva to Tardis
19. 2017 Gladstone Area Brigade Executive workshop
Long-Standing Supporters Win Kia Sportage SI
20. SESVA On The Way
Local Community Supports Brigade
21. How first peoples and drones are shaping the future for this 61 year old RFB
22. RFBAQ Representative Contact Details
Message from the GM’s desk
By Justin Choveaux, RFBAQ General Manager
Since the last issue of Smoke Signals in October the RFBAQ has made real progress for brigades across the state with a focus on non-truck brigades.
The 50 x $1,000 PPB Community Defence Grants have been so well received that we have oversubscribed receiving 63 grant applications. All of which were approved with the RFBAQ and QFES increasing the amount of money provided, more specific details on the RFBAQ initiative are available on page 11 and 12.
Legal Status of Brigades review is back on track after being stalled earlier in the year. The new completion dates for the RFBAQ/RFSQ Legal Status Roadshow that is prior to our September General Meeting. The Ministers office has written to Crown Law for fresh advice.
We have re-engaged with the Government regarding our proposed amendments to the Vegetation Management Act. After writing last year the political environment became charged with amendments going before parliament, so we have waited for the water to clear. This proposal will be of benefit to all people who have property outside of densely populated urban areas.
As a result of the RFBAQ initiative for an Emergency Volunteer Respect Act, the State Government is convening an Emergency Volunteer Advisory Forum chaired by Volunteering Queensland and funded by QFES.
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One of the initial agenda items is to test the appetite of other emergency volunteer organisations for an Emergency Volunteer Respect Act. This is a great step forward and all down to another RFBAQ initiative.
Election year is this year and nomination forms have been posted to every brigade and every RFBAQ Rep and this starts a process that ends with the AGM in September.
Art Union 62 started Monday 27th March and our major prize is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – a rural fire brigade yellow V8 Fastback Ford Mustang.
We ordered the vehicle over 12months ago and are extremely excited to offer it as a prize that we know many brigade volunteers and staff would like to win.
Please bear in mind the RFBAQ Reps and Staff cannot buy tickets.
In all, an extremely busy six months with a busier six months coming up.
We would like to thank all the contributors of photography and content throughout this magazine. Articles, photographs and feedback from volunteers are welcome. Editorial staff reserve the right to edit any contributions.
Contributors: Justin Choveaux, Jon Bundy, Hon. Mark Ryan, Ruth Jennings, Heather Patzwald, Garth Ovenden, Carlie Walker, Viki Blaik, By Lachlan Wright (age 15), Liz Goodwin, Nicholas Swadling, Lindy Cyran, Ayla Curtis, Les Lane, Hamish Murdoch, Barry Child and Jessica Stark.
Front Cover: Taken by Ruth Jennings.

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