THE North Burnett SES has taken over the responsibility of running the weekly bingo game in Biggenden.
The handover happened because Biggenden resident Colleen Cunliffe had to step aside.
Mrs Cunliffe handed over the running of the popular social event after more than a year of organising the games.
Local controller Brian Lowe saw it as a chance for the North Burnett SES to further contribute to the community.
"At the request of the current operators of the bingo, who can no longer run it due to business commitments, and with no other charitable body prepared to take it on we thought it was a great opportunity for the North Burnett SES unit,” Mr Lowe said.
"Biggenden citizens enjoy their bingo day.
"They are very supportive of the SES in deciding to continue running (it).”
Mr Lowe hopes the new relationship will also help the North Burnett SES unit raise funds.
"All SES major equipment is supplied by the State Government or the regional council, for which we are truly grateful,” Mr Lowe said.
"However there is always other equipment, fittings or fixtures that we have to apply for grants to purchase or fundraise through raffles and so on.
"Money raised will allow us to purchase up-to-date equipment approved for use but not supplied through the normal channels.”
A past example of this was a new battery-operated light system for the unit, with a cost of $800 per unit.
"As there are over 400 SES groups in Queensland, the cost to the government in supplying even one per group would be over $300,000,” Mr Lowe said.
The bingo days will start from July 17, with everyone welcome and encouraged to join in the fun. Bingo is played at the Biggenden Bowls Club every Monday morning and all proceeds are donated back into local organisations.
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