Philip Gibson, left, presents Tahlia Gill, her grandmother  Yvonne Gill and husband Ralph Gill with a new runabout.
Philip Gibson, left, presents Tahlia Gill, her grandmother Yvonne Gill and husband Ralph Gill with a new runabout.

Itching to get tinny in the water



ULMARRA resident Yvonne Gill is itching to make use of her new prize, an aluminium boat, motor and trailer.

But she is going to have to wait a few days until she gets the owner's manual.

Mrs Gill, a keen angler, yesterday picked up her 3.85metre Quintrex boat, 15hp motor and trailer from Lismore ... won in a fundraising raffle for the Northern Region Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service.

"It's a really beaut little unit," she said.

"I did have an old boat and a borrowed 6hp motor, but this is really special.

"It will get plenty of use ... I would go fishing two or three times a week. But in my old boat, which was pretty heavy, I didn't go all that far. Now that won't be a problem.

"I've often seen in the paper where people have won prizes in these things and thought 'aren't they lucky buggers'. Now I'm the lucky bugger."

Mrs Gill was not the only Clarence Valley winner in the raffle.

The winner of the other major prize was Campbell Timmons, who won $1000 worth of goods from Fishing Tackle Australia.

The Daily Examiner was unable to contact Mr Timmons yesterday ? a rescue helicopter spokesman said he was away shopping for fishing gear.

He thanked all the volunteers who had sold tickets, particularly the CWA women, who helped make the total of $40,000.



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