Earlier this year the Bairnsdale Uniting Church donated a parcel of land located at Glenaladale, 300 kilometres east of Melbourne, to the Country Fire Authority. The land was once the site of the Glenaladale Presbyterian Church and, after ceasing services in 1990, the 1891 building was moved to Bairnsdale where it is used as an art workshop.
Marilyn Cassidy, chairperson of Bairnsdale UC, said the church was pleased to support volunteers who provide a vital service to the local community.
“The Bairnsdale Uniting Church has a strong reputation of community and wider church support, as demonstrated by the thousands of dollars donated each year through its opportunity shop/friendship shed,” Ms Cassidy said.
“It seemed to be a natural development to donate the land to the CFA to complement their present building on an adjacent site, for use during the fire season in a region which has had its share of bushfires.”
CFA District 11 acting operations manager Allan Rogers said the additional land would allow the brigade to expand the fire station when it outgrows the existing facility.
“Glenaladale brigade may not be CFA’s busiest, but it’s a vital part of this tight-knit community,” Mr Rogers said.
Glenaladale Uniting Church minister Jeff Dart was pleased his church could help the brigade.
“We are delighted to be able to hand over this land, which we no longer need, and it’s great to hear the plans CFA have in store for the block in the future,” Mr Dart said.