Fund­ing to the res­cue

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Ben Smith

COCK­BURN’S Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue Ser­vice (VMRS) has un­veiled a new trac­tor and over­due re­fur­bish­ments at its Coogee head­quar­ters.

State Govern­ment fund­ing of $72,000 en­abled the group to buy a new trac­tor to tow boats to and from the wa­ter and up­grade its com­mu­ni­ca­tions base.

Cock­burn Vol­un­teer Sea Res­cue com­man­der Brad Ni­cholas said the new trac­tor was a vi­tal up­grade over their pre­vi­ous one, which he joked had trou­ble stop­ping at times.

“We launch and re­trieve mul­ti­ple times a week, and it’s so much safer for us and our crew,” he said.

“It’s one of those en­vi­ron­ments where it’s not al­ways nice and beau­ti­ful con­di­tions, so any­thing to im­prove the safety of our crew ticks the boxes.”

Mr Ni­cholas said the re­fur­bish­ment at their head­quar­ters, in­clud­ing the com­mu­ni­ca­tions hub and train­ing cen­tre, would make a huge dif­fer­ence.

“If you had seen this com­mu­ni­ca­tions room be­fore, it was pretty de­press­ing and stuck in the 1980s,” he said.

“We’ve had a big push over the last few years to mod­ernise our fa­cil­i­ties. “It’s a great space now.” Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Fran Lo­gan said the vol­un­teers did a fan­tas­tic job and needed to be well equipped.

“Wood­man Point boat ramp is the busiest in the state, it’s a crit­i­cal area for boat users and hav­ing a VMRS with the lat­est equip­ment so they can get in and out of the wa­ter and ac­cess peo­ple in trou­ble is fan­tas­tic,” he said.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Fran Lo­gan with Cock­burn Vol­un­teer Sea Res­cue mem­bers.

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