Dargaville District News : March 25th 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Delivered Wednesdays throughout the Kaipara District Three-and-a-half decades at CAB comes to end By ANNETTE LAMBLY Foundation member Shirley Bridge is retiring after 36 years at the Citizens Advice Bureau in Dargaville. Shirley worked with John Fickling to establish the branch and praises his vision and hard work. ‘‘It wasn’t easy and we had a lot of critics in those early days. The council and other powers that be didn’t feel a CAB was needed in our town. Oh how wrong they could be,’’ she says. ‘‘John spent hours tidying up the less than desirable offices they used as the first CAB base ... they were horrible little rooms but we had them rent-free and it gave us the chance to get the bureau started.’’ Shirley says she initially heard about the idea of Dargaville having a CAB and felt she could offer her support by gathering information and running errands. She soon found herself on the committee and just never left. ‘‘It was hard, but it was well worth it, and I would never have been able to do it without my husband George who was able to step in at home when needed. I have enjoyed my time and have worked with many amazon people’’. Mary Fannon, who has been a volunteer for 35 years, says Shirley’s positive attitude stimulated all those around her. ‘‘Her encouragement, help with training and her willingness was wonderful to work with,’’ Mary says. Shirley volunteered for other community groups including the community creche at the Dargaville Plunket rooms, the IHC and Meals on Wheels and the Kaipara Abuse Prevention committee. She was awarded the Kaipara District Council’s Citizens Award in 2001. Community stalwart: Shirley Bridge has retired after 36 years as a CAB volunteer. She is joined by another founding member John Fickling and Mary Fannon (35 years service) at her farewell event. Photo: ANNETTE LAMBLY G20 role humbling ❝ By ALICIA BURROW CONSTABLE Willie Paniora was one of Northland’s selected few who were asked to protect world leaders at the ninth G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. Paniora spoke to Dargaville Rotary Club on March 18 about his time in Serious security: Constable Willie Paniora talks to Dargaville Rotary Club members including president Brian Burnett, pictured, about protecting world leaders at the 2014G20 Brisbane summit. Photo: ALICIABURROW Brisbane last November when he joined 6000 other police and armed forces personnel as security for the 2014 summit. The summit was the largest peacetime police operation Australia has ever facilitated. The army, navy and air force joined police to secure a guarded radius around the event. ‘‘We had fighter jets, patrol vehicles, boats, tactical response teams and protection squads at our disposal . . . parts of Brisbane were cordoned off with kilometres of bomb-proof barricades shielding diplomats,’’ he says. Wehad fighter jets, patrol vehicles, boats, tactical response teams and protection squads at our disposal – Constable Willie Paniora Paniora was selected as one of seven police from more than 250 applicants in Northland to join Australian 23 Normanby Street, Dargaville 6416945AC Ph:09 439 3266 police and armed services at the summit. He was assigned to the venue security team at the Sofitel Brisbane Hotel and stood through 12-hour shifts in 25 to 35 degree temperatures in his seven kilogram protective uniform and ‘‘got slaughtered’’ with the heat. But he was well cared for and humbled to be involved. The G20 summit invites 25 country’s heads of government and central bank governors from 20 economies who belong to the G20 group to discuss global matters of significance.
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