Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Dear Min­is­ter Ryan,

As you are no doubt al­ready aware, mem­bers of the Coast Guard Flotilla QF10 have unan­i­mously voted to tran­si­tion their marine res­cue op­er­a­tion in Port Dou­glas from the Aus­tralian Vol­un­teer Coast Guard As­so­ci­a­tion (AVCGA) to the man­age­ment of the Marine Res­cue Queens­land (VMRAQ).

My fel­low Coun­cil­lors and I at­tended a pub­lic meet­ing on Mon­day July 17 in Moss­man with ap­prox­i­mately 100 com­mu­nity mem­bers who over­whelm­ingly voted their sup­port for the lo­cal QF10 mem­bers in their en­deav­ours to tran­si­tion to VMRAQ.

I have been ad­vised that cur­rently any Coast Guard marine ser­vices will be pro­vided from Cairns re­sult­ing in res­cue sup­port be­ing sev­eral hours away by land or sea.

This ad­di­tional time re­quire­ment for res­cue ser­vices is there­fore of se­ri­ous con­cern.

Our lo­cal QF10 has al­ways been re­spon­sive and this is a cru­cial el­e­ment of suc­cess­ful res­cue ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly given that wa­ter based ac­tiv­i­ties are ex­tremely pop­u­lar for Dou­glas Shire res­i­dents as well as the tourism sec­tor.

I un­der­stand this process is man­aged un­der the Ser­vice Agree­ment with AVCGA and your Emer­gency Ser­vices Depart­ment. On be­half of the Dou­glas com­mu­nity I re­spect­fully re­quest your as­sis­tance to:

Re­store ef­fec­tive marine ser­vice to the Dou­glas Shire by in­sist­ing the AVCGA re­in­state the QF10 mem­bers and al­low ac­cess to the com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

In­sti­gate a speedy me­di­a­tion to al­low the QF10 mem­bers to tran­si­tion to VMRAQ and all the com­mu­nity marine res­cue as­sets and rights to be trans­ferred to their lo­cal In­cor­po­rate As­so­ci­a­tion.

On a per­sonal note I can say I know many of the mem­bers of QF10 quite well and find them to be re­li­able, sen­si­ble, ca­pa­ble and com­mu­nity spir­ited in­di­vid­u­als and I am con­fi­dent they will be able to thrive as a marine res­cue ser­vice un­der the new ar­range­ment.

Min­is­ter, I greatly ap­pre­ci­ate your con­sid­er­a­tion of the con­cerns out­lined above and I very much hope that we can work to­gether to swiftly re­solve the mat­ter and se­cure marine res­cue ser­vices lo­cally for the Dou­glas area.

Yours sin­cerely,

Ju­lia Leu, Dou­glas Shire Mayor


Elaine “NG”, Mary Fa­pani, John Anich, Vivi­enne Ruf­fles, Jill Bellero, Vanda Sco­maz­zon, Rose Gus­meroli, Jen Ryan, An­nette Anich, Elise Fis­cher and Loretta Zam­mataro from Meals on Wheels.

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