Get Ready for our Car Boot Sale!

The brigade is holding a car boot sale near the fireshed in the Warrambui grounds on Saturday 23 September.

“The event is a fundraiser for the brigade and we’re hoping it will become an unmissable annual day out,” says brigade president, Judy Hancock.

Brigade equipment officer Glenn Odlum is the driving force behind the event, which has been in planning for several months.

“We really want to bring our local community together locally,” Glenn says.

“Because we’re not based around a village, Yass River residents don’t have many opportunities for this. Usually we are travelling out of our area for activities, bumping into each other at the Rec Grounds or even the supermarket.”

“We want it to be a happy day where locals can catch up, kids have some space, you can sell items you maybe don’t want any more – or find some treasures you didn’t know you needed – enjoy a spring day in the open air, tuck into a sausage sizzle from the brigade catering truck, and, hopefully, make some funds for the brigade,” he says. “We’ll have the trucks out, too.”

“My son, who had some insider information on this upcoming event, has already sorted out what he plans to bring to his stall,” Glenn reveals, ruefully adding that there was a possibility he may also come home with more than he takes.

In conjunction with the car boot sale, the brigade’s community engagement representative, Liz Sage, will have a Get Ready (for the coming fire season) display with showbags of valuable information for getting your property as ready as possible for the upcoming fire season. “We can help you draw up your personal fire plan on the day,” she says. (You know you should.)

Brigade captain, Neville McMartin, warns that “early indications for the upcoming season are that we may be in for an El Nino event, meaning hotter and drier conditions – fire conditions”.

“As we all know, we have had a couple of milder years with the result that there has been a lot of lush growth,” he says. “Lush growth turns into fire fuel when it dries off. Last season’s grass fires were a warning to all of us.”

“While it’s important to bear fire in mind all year, every year, especially in our bushfire-prone area, this upcoming season may be a particularly important one to make sure you are fire-ready,” Neville concludes.

Liz says that September 23 could also be a good day to join the brigade.

“There’ll be several members there in yellows who you can talk to about their experiences – or speak to other members who aren’t fire-fighters but who help out with other important jobs for the brigade. And the kids can check out the trucks,” Liz says. “Drop in and say hello at the Get Ready stall near the catering truck. We’ll have hand outs available on joining the brigade.”

So save the date. Book a stall now or just enjoy a few hours in the open air with your family and neighbours on the day. Maybe have a chat about joining the brigade.

The details:

Date: Saturday 23 September
Venue: Warrambui Retreat and Conference Centre, 322 Greenwood Rd, Murrumbateman
Time: 10am to 1pm. Stallholder access for setup: 8am to 9.30am
Site size: 3m x 3m
Site Cost: $20.
Early bird discount: $15 (available until 31 August)
Trestle hire available: $5/trestle
Free entry for the public
Parking: In the Warrambui grounds.
Food: All-day sausage sizzle, drinks
To book a stall, email:
Glenn: or
Liz: or

Sally Kaufmann
August 2023

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Created 13 August 2023