Ma­rine groups at risk

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

COM­MU­NI­TIES along Queens­land’s vast coast­line need well-sup­ported and well-re­sourced vol­un­teer ma­rine res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Whether they are badged as Coast Guard or Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue, these com­mu­nity-run or­gan­i­sa­tions watch over all on the wa­ter.

La­bor is re­view­ing ma­rine res­cue op­er­a­tions and fund­ing of 21 coast guard and 26 VMR lo­ca­tions across the state.

While the State Govern­ment sup­ports the ma­rine res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tions through ex­ist­ing ser­vice level agree­ments, these ex­pire on June 30, 2019.

The re­sult of the re­view is still up in the air, but a few things are cer­tain.

Queens­land’s ma­rine res­cue groups want a fund­ing in­crease to en­sure they re­main vi­able.

Many ma­rine res­cue groups are find­ing it harder to make ends meet and are re­ly­ing on com­mu­nity do­na­tions to en­dure.

It would be un­ac­cept­able if our ma­rine res­cue groups were put at risk be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient fund­ing.

Have your say on the re­view now and make sure your lo­cal ma­rine res­cue group doesn’t miss out: QFESVMROR@qfes — Lachlan Mil­lar, LNP Shadow Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter

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