Gam­bling funds help to keep VMR afloat

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

EACH year, Her­vey Bay Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue spends, on av­er­age, nearly $65,000 on fuel, oil and op­er­a­tional main­te­nance on their three ves­sels.

Purely a vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion, VMR re­lies on com­mu­nity fund­ing and do­na­tions in or­der to stay afloat. Which is why the $24,000 given to them by the Her­vey Bay RSL plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in main­tain­ing the ser­vice.

Vice Com­modore Jan Bar­clay said $29,500 was spent on fuel and oil in the last fi­nan­cial year and $34,500 was spent on op­er­a­tional main­te­nance.

“It re­ally goes a long way to putting our boats on the wa­ter for us,” she said.

“It helps in more ways than peo­ple can imag­ine and it’s some­thing we’re very thank­ful for.” Ms Bar­clay said the funds were bit­ter sweet con­sid­er­ing they had come from peo­ple who spent money on gam­bling ma­chines. How­ever, VMR also ben­e­fited from the Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund.

“That fund­ing ac­tu­ally bought us a brand new gen­er­a­tor which was some­thing we re­ally needed,” she said.


ON THE WA­TER: VMR Her­vey Bay Com­modore John Smith, Op­er­a­tions Mgr. Dave Marsh­man, Snr Crew Kerry Bryant and Vice-Com­modore Jill Bar­clay.

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