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A human heart was formed on the Maclean Showground to say thank you to the emergency and essential services and the Lower Clarence community for their efforts in keeping the community safe during the previous bushfires and recent floods.

Maclean says thank you

Lynne Mowbray


The Lower Clarence community gathered at the Maclean Showground on Saturday, for an Expo of our emergency, essential and community services and local volunteers, to say thank you for the tremendous work done in keeping our community safe during the previous bushfires and recent flood events.

The event was organised by the Maclean Business Chamber, Vinnies and Maclean Lions Club.

Maclean Lions Club were one of the organising committees for Saturday’s event.

President of the Maclean Business Chamber Christine Tyler said that Saturday’s event was very pleasing.

One of the organising committees for Saturday’s Thank You day event, the Maclean District Business Chamber, executive members L-R Graeme Nicholson, Christine Tyler (president) and Peter Gordon.

“We had a large amount of emergency vehicles that filled up the top end of the showground and made the day very colourful. They were all happy to be here and they participated in everything and mixed and socialised with each other, together as a group,” Ms Tyler said.

Team members from the Lower Clarence NSW SES L-R (back) Don Tully, Sheridan Ashford, Steve Walton, (front) Ken Bailey, Deirdre Bailey and Rick Lea.

“Fire + Rescue NSW, Maclean, had a great static demonstration of cooking oil which had caught on fire on a kitchen stove. The display showed members of the public who had gathered around, just how devastating that fire could become, if water was used to extinguish it – with flames flaring up high, into the sky and easily reach the ceiling starting a fire in anyone’s kitchen.

Maclean Fire + Rescue NSW crew demonstrate the dangers of trying to extinguish a cooking oil fire, with water.

“Our live music on the day was exceptional, which was organised by Nash Crofton Productions, with the Maclean Pipe Band wrapping up the entertainment just prior to the presentation of certificates around 3pm.

“The rain held off for most of the day, but it started about half an hour before the pipe band were due to present their three items and we had to move the official presentation of certificates, to inside the main pavilion.

Rural Fire Service volunteers from some of the Lower Clarence brigades, attended Saturday’s ‘Thank You’ day.

“Mayor Tiley and councillor Novak were there to present certificates to the services and the organisations, that were here to help the community throughout the recent floods.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to our food stalls. We had the Lions Club and the Rotary Club, the Two Bridges Expresso van and Flour and Water Pizza ovens.

L-R Zayden Kapeen 5, Stella Lane 3, Boston Lane 6, TJ Kapeen 6 and Jensen Lane 9 check out the Maclean Fire + Rescue NSW truck, during Saturdays Thank You to emergency services day, at the Maclean Showground.

“There was a fairly pleasing crowd coming and going throughout the day and all in all, I am extremely pleased with the way the day panned out,” she said.