June 16

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From the President’s Desk



We have had five activations this month, three tows (one was forty nautical miles out to Cobham Reef) and two police activations.


The propellers on VMR1 were reported to be damaged and after replacing them with a spare set it was discovered that they had been swapped.   Not only were they damaged but they were also of the wrong pitch which would have severely affected the performance of our rescue vessel.  The police were notified and are investigating. More below.


Tom Manning, in the company of Stephen Earp, our marine surveyor, visited the Noosa  Cat facility to check progress on our new vessel. Work has been slow as they completed 4 rescue vessels for NSW Road and Maritime Services.


The SAREX planning meeting has been moved to Saturday the 11th June as there is a State Council meeting on the 4th June and representatives from other squadrons will be attending it. As I will be away in August when the SAREX is proposed we need some skippers to get involved and skipper our vessel or it is going to be an embarrassing situation for VMR Whitsunday.


The Friday 13th fundraising night turned out to be successful considering the low number of tickets sold a week before the event, we had a good roll up including local politicians George Christensen and Jason Costigan.

Over $12,000 was raised and I would like to thank all the businesses that supported us, the people that attended, Linda and Mal Priday for organising the event and also the many volunteers who made it a success.

Tom Manning has again been very successful in obtaining several grants which amounted to a considerable amount, including almost $32,000 from the Qld Gambling Community Benefit Fund for electronics for our new rescue vessel.


It is only two months to the AGM and all members need to consider whether the wish to be involved in the Management Committee or nominate someone for a position.

Ray Lewis


You will receive a separate email reminding you.  Don’t forget to renew, or you could face a very expensive bill from VMR.

You can pay by credit card, online here, or mail a cheque to VMR, PO Box 298, Cannonvale, 4802, or pay in person at ANZ Proserpine.

No change to last year’s rates –  $70 ordinary members, $35 pensioners, $10 Active members, $10 for second and third boats.


music day guestsThe first of the revamped first-Sunday-of-the month Music Sessions, kicked off with style on May 1.  Despite being on a long weekend and competing with the Wintermoon festival and a big band act performing elsewhere, a sizeable crowd of music lovers and families kicked back to the music of local bands next to the Coral Sea at the redeveloped VMR Marine Club.

A new format, new organisers, new bands, playing a variety of music styles at the redeveloped VMR surroundings on a perfect Whitsunday Autumn Sunday afternoon were the recipe for a successful restart of the regular monthly event.


The Cadillacs (Murray Quick, Alan Dorman & Phil Berger) dropped in for a guest session

Come along on Sunday June 5th for the next clip board event – free entry, great music and plenty of raffle prizes.



Daydream Island Becomes Sponsor of VMR Whitsunday

Daydream Island Resort and Spa is delighted to announce it has joined Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday as a Silver Sponsor.

In announcing the sponsorship Daydream Island Resort and Spa chief executive officer Scott Wilkinson said, “As an island business we appreciate the great service that VMR Whitsunday provides to the region where marine activities are a part of everyday life.

“It’s through volunteer organisations like this that our local community and guests can have access to a highly professional rescue service if the need arises, and one which saves lives.  We recognise the significant underlying costs involved and are pleased to make a valuable contribution.”

VMR President, Ray Lewis said “we are proud to welcome Daydream Island, recognizing the contribution that VMR Whitsunday provides to island resorts and their guests.”

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Award-winning Daydream Island offers guests affordable luxury with 296 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, a Rejuvenation Spa, various restaurants and bars, lagoon swimming pools, mini-golf, a fringing coral reef, outdoor cinema and the Living Reef – one of the world’s largest outdoor aquariums plus a host of watersport activities.

One of the resort’s main attractions is its Living Reef which has become a unique attraction in its own right and an invaluable educational experience for all.  The Living Reef comprises two large lagoons with over 80 varieties of coral and more than 140 species of fish including sharks, stingrays, giant barramundi and many tropical marine fish including the much loved clownfish.

Guided fish feeding and ‘Stingray Splash’ experiences allow guests to get up close and personal with the amazing marine life while providing a safe, interactive learning experience. The number of species is growing as the lagoon ecology evolves, providing rich educational opportunities.

For more information on Daydream Island Resort and Spa please visit www.daydreamisland.com

Black Friday Fundraiser

After having to cancel the ball originally planned for March due to it being washed out, VMR Whitsunday held a successful fundraiser on Black Friday May 13th.

friday 13th guests

With catering by one of our Gold Sponsors, Fish D’vine, this event attracted a smaller number of people than expected, but that did not stop some enthusiastic bidding for about $15,000 worth of auction items, as well as raffles and door prizes.

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Dignitaries: Mal Priday (VMR Whitsundays Vice President), Jason Costigan (State Member for Whitsundays) Tom Manning (VMR Whitsundays Elder Statesman & Management Committee Member) & George Christensen (Federal Member for Dawson)

The night was a success, raising over $12,000 of valuable funds to keep our operations going. Many thanks to our generous sponsors,  without whom the night would not have been a success.

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Your generosity has helped us to keep on doing what we do – volunteers saving lives  at sea.

VMR Whitsundays victims of theft

Locals would have seen this article in the Whitsunday Times earlier in May regarding the  theft of the two propellers from VMR1 while it was moored in its pen at Abell Point Marina.

It is a bit hard to believe that someone would steal from a volunteer organisation.  Still, these days people of  low morals even steal from charities, so perhaps it’s a sign of the times.facepalm.jpg

And what is even more stupid is that the propellers are a different diameter and pitch to the ones substituted, so they would not perform properly on different engines.

If anyone has any information on this crime, please contact the Whitsunday Police Station on 4948 8888 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000


We have a couple of weeks off for training on Thursday afternoons, re-commencing on June 16.

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(Thanks to Michel for the pic!)

We did have an interesting training session a few weeks ago when we learned how to operate VMR1’s water pumps, used to pump out boats or to put up a water screen in case of fire.  smiley

If you want to become “active” and get involved, please contact us.

Monthly Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month.


The next meeting will be this Monday, June 6.

Starting at 6.15pm, after a BBQ and drinks from the bar, the monthly meeting is held at about 7pm, giving members the opportunity to meet other members and committee member, and a chance to discuss matters of interest.

The BBQ is only $3, and drinks are reasonably priced, so come along and have your say.

Notices to mariners

One more Notice to Mariners added in May for the local area, about possible sounding errors on charts and navigational aids for the entrance to Laguna Quays Marina.

Details are available at the Qld Govt Transport website

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