Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Mossman Port Dou­glas Coast Guard (QF10) ad­vises the com­mu­nity that they re­main op­er­a­tional and ready to as­sist in marine search and res­cue de­spite at­tempts by the south­ern Aus­tralian Vol­un­teer Coast Guard As­so­ci­a­tion (AVCGA) to stop us.

We also ad­vise that, in ac­cor­dance com­mu­nity wishes over­whelm­ingly ex­pressed at the public meet­ing held on 17th July and sub­se­quent meet­ings with DSC, we are pur­su­ing our trans­fer from AVCGA to Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion Queens­land (VMRAQ).

This will pro­vide many ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing–

• our as­sets and funds raised by the com­mu­nity re­main lo­cal and not be able to be claimed by the Vic­to­rian based AVCGA.

• all free crew train­ing can be used to ob­tain a com­mer­cial Coxswain Grade 1 (Near Coastal) ticket. This is not avail­able from AVCGA. It is an ap­peal­ing ben­e­fit to younger prospec­tive mem­bers that wish to pur­sue a marine ca­reer

Ross Wood, Com­man­der QF10

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