Coun­cil makes moves to re­solve ac­cess is­sue at our VMR

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil has re­solved to con­sider part fund­ing and pro­vi­sion of in-kind support, to fa­cil­i­tate a wheel­chair el­e­va­tor at the Whit­sun­day Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue (VMR) build­ing.

VMR Whit­sun­day sec­re­tary Roger Wod­son said the ra­dio base was cur­rently manned over the week­ends only, with the or­gan­i­sa­tion want­ing to ex­pand on that.

“And we’re par­tic­u­larly keen to en­gage older peo­ple in the com­mu­nity with ra­dio li­cences, which would al­low us to in­crease our emer­gency re­sponse hours,” he said.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said with­out vol­un­teers to man the ra­dio at the Can­non­vale base, boat­ies in trou­ble at sea would be forced to ra­dio Mackay.

“[Mean­while] the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion has in­di­cated they have vol­un­teers [who] can be trained to de­liver this ra­dio ser­vice for the com­mu­nity, how­ever, a wheel­chair el­e­va­tor will be re­quired at the VMR build­ing to en­able ac­cess,” she said.

“The pro­vi­sion of vol­un­teers by the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion to as­sist with ra­dio ser­vices at Whit­sun­day VMR would be a win­win sit­u­a­tion for boat­ies, VMR, En­deav­our vol­un­teers and ul­ti­mately the com­mu­nity.”

Mayor Whit­ney said ba­sic cost­ings re­ceived by Coun­cil in­di­cated the to­tal cost for wheel­chair ac­cess would be about $90,000.

She said Coun­cil was now call­ing on the State Mem­ber for Whit­sun­day, Ja­son Costi­gan, to also pur­sue grant fund­ing op­tions and match any fund­ing pro­vided by Coun­cil for this im­por­tant com­mu­nity ser­vice.

“Coun­cil will now look at what grants or fund­ing are avail­able to help get this project off the ground and I urge Mr Costi­gan to do the same through the State Gov­ern­ment,” she said.

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