Tara cadets standing proud
LOCALS and business owners have praised Tara's Emergency Services Cadets for their contribution to the success of Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races and said they deserve recognition for their work.
More than 40 Emergency Services Cadets volunteered during the festival and Tara festival committee president Richard Thornbury said they are a credit to the "community, themselves and their families”.
About 15 cadets from Inglewood volunteered, travelling to Tara for the weekend to assist the local cadets at the festival.
"The cadets deserve a little bit of recognition for what they do around the region, particularly what they did over the weekend at the festival,” he said.
"We'll be giving them a good donation for the work that they did.”
Emergency Services Cadets leader Jesse McLennan said she was extremely proud of her troop for its contribution.
"They did an amazing job and were very professional,” she said.
"They tried their hardest and did jobs that a lot of adults would struggle with, they came together as a very cohesive unit over the weekend.
"I roster the guys on for a couple of hours and, more than likely, they stay for the whole weekend and I have to manage them properly otherwise they'd keep working.”
Aged between 12 and 17 years, the troop has grown from eight cadets two years ago to 30 permanent cadets this year.
"We've grown because they just love what they do,” Ms McLennan said.
"We have opportunities for them to do things, to do the state leadership program through PCYC... and since they have all put on their uniforms, they have huge respect for themselves and just want to help where they can,” she said.
Ms McLennan said the cadets were involved in the festival in a number of different ways.
"They did all the parking of vehicles in the carpark and they had a food stall to raise funds.
"They were involved in helping the historical society, Apex, Tara Crafts Association, they helped the entertainment as well.
"Without them, a lot of the events wouldn't be as successful as they are, there is a lot of organising that is involved but you still need a lot of people to pull it off.”