May 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Hi everyone,

VMR Whitsunday continues to exceed last year’s record rate of activations, up 48% so far and with assisted persons up 66%. Of the recent assists, 8 of them (fuel, battery and breakdown) have been for paid up members, and with the one free tow per annum rule for members applied they have just saved a total of $4,664. It pays to belong! (Sorry, RACQ).

Click HERE for April Activations.

All systems GO for the SAREX in May

May 7, 8 and 9 will see a major Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) being held in the Whitsundays. This is being organised with the Whitsunday Water Police, with 7 vessels from Coastguard Townsville and VMR squadrons from Burdekin, Bowen, Midge Point and Mackay taking part in addition to our own two vessels.

Scene from 2018 SAREX – finding the ‘body’

The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter from Mackay is also planning on being part of the training, as are Queensland Ambulance Service and SES, so it should be a pretty full on event.

Thanks Hayman, for going up to SILVER

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort has stepped up to Silver sponsorship level, and this is another great example of the support we have from businesses and the community in the Whitsundays. Welcome on board, Hayman!

We have a couple of other sponsorship proposals on the go as well, so watch this space.

Blue Water Review is ticking along

The Blue Water Review into the integration of Coastguard and Marine Rescue organisation in the state into one entity is proceeding, with subgroups now being formed to look at items such as fleet and communications.

We are also contributing to a Risk vs Resources survey as part of that review, and are pleased with the progress being made with the whole project, which we support and endorse.

Hayman AIS still down

The AIS on Hayman Island is still out of action but with equipment due to arrive shortly from overseas that should be rectified soon.

VMR1 is sporting new clears!

New clears have been installed on Coral Sea Marina VMR1 thanks to a grant from Bendigo Bank, and they look really good. Thank you Bendigo!.

VMRW has quite a lot of history

The VMRW History Project is getting some good information on the early days of rescue services in the Whitsundays, but if you think you may have something to contribute – photos or anecdotes – please email mal.priday@outlook.com and someone from the project team will be in touch. 2024 will mark the 60th anniversary of the start of rescue services here, and we want to make sure that it is well documented and recognised.

Membership is cheap insurance…tell your friends!

VMR Whitsunday membership is cheap insurance at just $80 – membership renewals and new memberships can be done online. Your membership helps to keep us going in case you need us.

Kind regards,
Mal Priday
President,
Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday