Marine Rescue NSW membership hits 1000+
Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said on Monday that more than 1000 people have signed up and registered their interest in joining the State’s new volunteer marine rescue organisation, Marine Rescue NSW.
Mr Tripodi said the new organisation attracted strong interest following its recent public launch at the Sydney International Boat Show.
“In a clear show of support for Marine Rescue NSW, membership registrations have reached 1,007 and counting,” said Tripodi.
“This new organisation brings together skilled members from the three existing volunteer marine rescue groups – the Coastal Patrol, Coast Guard and VRA Marine.
“Together these groups have over 150 years of experience helping boaters out of all kinds of trouble on NSW coastal waters, harbours, rivers and lakes.
“Soon, when the new service is up and running, recreational skippers will have to remember only one name – Marine Rescue NSW – to call for help, or if they want to call the marine radio safety watch, or need information about boating safety education courses.”
Tripodi said Marine Rescue NSW is committed to providing a better service to the boating public, based on the proud tradition of volunteer membership from the community.
This will include the ongoing support of the volunteer marine radio network which will be combined into one service, operating from Tweed Heads in the north to Eden in the south.
Members will receive new uniforms at no cost, along with a high standard of training which can count towards the skills needed for marine employment opportunities.
Tripodi said Marine Rescue NSW is gearing up for another busy boating season and skippers are encouraged to get to know their local marine rescue volunteers and take advantage of all the safety services available.
More volunteers are always welcome and anyone interested in joining Marine Rescue NSW should visit www.marinerescuensw.com.au for more information.