Our boating community will be even safer under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government with a significant investment in resources for our local Marine Rescue NSW crews.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said this is part of a major Statewide funding boost that will help save lives on the water by delivering new purpose-built rescue vessels, upgraded operational centres and improvements to the marine radio network.
“Community safety is our top priority and this major investment will deliver further protection and reassurance for everybody who gets out on the Coffs Coast’s spectacular waterways,” Mr Fraser said.
He said the extra funding would deliver 38 new vessels – including a new 10 metre rescue vessel at Woolgoolga – so our dedicated volunteers have the extra resources they need to support more boaters.
Mr Fraser said the investment would also upgrade the marine radio network, which Marine Rescue NSW maintains and operates. At Coffs Harbour, $70,000 will be spent upgrading communications, which will also benefit other local units.
The new investment of $37.6 million over the next four years will boost the annual Marine Rescue NSW budget to more than $17 million.
Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos welcomed the announcement and said it will improve safety for boaters and better equip the selfless volunteers sent to support them during emergencies.
“For the first time we’ll be able to invest in a major capital works program to provide our units with efficient, safe and modern operating facilities,” Commissioner Tannos said.
Marine Rescue NSW operates a network of 44 rescue units along the NSW coastline, and at two priority inland waterways on the Alpine Lakes and Murray River.
In 2017-18, crews performed 2,802 rescue missions, including 840 missions in response to life-threatening emergencies, saving more than 6,800 lives.
For more information about the work of Marine Rescue, visit: www.marinerescuensw.com.au