EPIRB to the res­cue

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SCHOOL bush walks and week­end hikes up Mt Walsh National Park with guides are now safer than ever.

Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the Biggenden RSL Sub-Branch, bush walk­ing guide Moira Thomp­son now has a Per­sonal Lo­ca­tor Bea­con (PLB).

Mrs Thomp­son said the de­vice would be in­valu­able for school bush walks, as Mt Walsh National Park is classed as a re­mote wilder­ness.

“In the case of an emer­gency the bea­con can be ac­ti­vated and he­li­copter res­cue ini­ti­ated,” Mrs Thomp­son said.

“It is also manda­tory un­der Ed­u­ca­tion Queens­land guide­lines to have a PLB if mo­bile phone re­cep­tion is not avail­able.

“On the sum­mits of any moun­tain in the Mt Walsh National Park, mo- bile phone cov­er­age is avail­able, but in the gul­lies and rock­pool gorges this be­comes an is­sue.

“Two-way ra­dios work well in th­ese sit­u­a­tions. How­ever in an emer­gency where the vic­tim can­not be car­ried out the PLB is vi­tal.”

Photo: Erica Mur­ree

LIFE­SAV­ING DE­VICE: Mem­bers of the Biggenden RSL Sub-Branch Alex McNaughton, Phil Gram­bower and Kevin Mur­ree pre­sented Moira Thomp­son with an epirb for use dur­ing her walks in the Mt Walsh National Park.

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