Marine groups at risk
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 .qld.gov.au — Lachlan Millar, LNP Shadow Fire and Emergency Services Minister