No room in bud­get for vi­tal emer­gency boat

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

THEY’RE the vol­un­teers ded­i­cated to keep­ing our wa­ters safe but the La­bor Gov­ern­ment doesn’t seem in­ter­ested in help­ing out Ma­rine Res­cue Her­vey Bay.

The lo­cal non-for-profit is in dire need of a new res­cue boat, and are a “few hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars” short of mak­ing the nec­es­sary pur­chase. But there was no money al­lo­cated to them in the State Bud­get.

This is de­spite LNP State Mem­ber Ted Sorensen lob­by­ing for the funds and a visit to VMR head­quar­ters by the then Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter.

Vice Com­modore Jill Bar­clay said it was dis­ap­point­ing but also not sur­pris­ing.

“They’ve made it quite clear they don’t have any money to give us,” Ms Bar­clay said.

“I would have been very im­pressed if they did al­lo­cate us some.” Ma­rine Res­cue Her­vey Bay cur­rently hopes now hinge on a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment grant they re­cently ap­plied for.

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