Scouts lend hand in the big Fernvale volunteer clean-up

WITH the Fernvale district left reeling after a ferocious 'super cell' storm last week, scout groups banded together to join in the volunteer clean-up effort.

Scouts came from Glenore Grove in Lockyer Valley, as well as Shailer Park and Woodridge in Logan, to help residents cope with the massive job at hand.

Working with residents Brad and Judy Millie, the scouts, ranging in age from six to 17, worked to remove fallen trees from the property.

Also joining in on the day were Ipswich West MP Jim Madden, and Somerset Regional Councillor Bob Whalley.

Mr Madden praised the scouts for their initiative, saying the volunteers made a big difference in the lives of Mr and Mrs Millie.

"They gave their time to come and help a stranger who needed a helping hand, that is the true spirit of community," Mr Madden said.

Toni Sykes, from Glenore Grove Scout Group, said community assistance was at the heart of the Scout movement.

"Every scout, from the youngest Joey to our adult Rovers and Leaders, understands that when the community needs help, scouts step forward," Ms Sykes said.

Woodridge Scouts group leader Donna Jones said when the Logan Scouts were asked to provide assistance for a property in Fernvale that needed a hand, we had our members ready to help, and Shailer Park joined us as well," Ms Jones said.

The scouts were helped by having a side tipper donated by Compaction Australia, while Wood FX Tree Lopping provided a heavy duty mulcher and two trucks to complete the task.