Council makes moves to resolve access issue at our VMR
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.