July 17

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RayFrom the President’s Desk

The consequences of Cyclone Debbie is still being keenly felt in our community, but VMRW has been fortunate that repairs at the base are slowly being completed with the gutters replaced and repairs and internal paintwork done in the training and radio room.

As reported in last month’s Samson Post, the newly erected boat ramp signs had taken a beating and one had disappeared completely.  I have completed repairs and have had the replacement sign made; these will all be re-installed in the near future.


On the operation side we have had five activations this month; one search for a broken down boat,  three tows and one medivac.

Lance and I carried out the monthly maintenance schedule so we should have had no maintenance issues.

Unfortunately, on June 29, an electrical fault in the starboard engine caused a small fire, resulting in the boat being out of action until parts can be sourced and the engine repaired.  This will hopefully be completed within a week.

We finally got the bimini replaced and that really makes a difference when you are out on a sunny day but unfortunately the repairs to the wind deflector on the flybridge were not successful, so we are waiting on a more flexible product.


Most of our active crew member have taken advantage of the drills training offered recently to complete their requirements.

Training is ongoing with Thursdays 4.30 pm set aside for this.  As an active crew member, you should try to attend these as it is very easy to forget what to do in a  particular situation unless you have been able to practice it regularly.

Regards, Ray Lewis

Thank You to our Supporters

Last month we thanked Zonta Club of the Whitsundays, LiveLife Pharmacies and the Old Haines Hunter Club for their generous donations.

This month we again thank Alan Milostic (from LiveLife), as well as David Howells, Steve Roberts, Michael Lee, Lance Mintram, Warren and Andrea Hulands and our longtime supporter, Julie Roberts, for their support.


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A special thank you goes to Harko Watkins for his generous $500 donation.

It is heartwarming to acknowledge support from the Whitsunday community for pitching in when help was needed.

Remember that all donations are used in the Whitsundays to cover repairs and operational costs.

And all donations are tax deductible.


For much of the month our Radio Base was a repair site but our insurer’s builders and contractors have now finished and it’s business as normal at the VMR.

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It has been interesting and a pleasure to work in conjunction with the various contractors to replace or repair the Marine Club flooring, ceilings and lighting.

Upstairs in the VMR Radio Base and Training room, replastered and repainted walls and ceilings have freshened up the interior.  Overall, we have a substantially new building.   We still have our ageing external stairs to go and have made three applications with various grant organisations and have our fingers crossed.


Most annual memberships expired on 30th June – have you renewed yours yet?  We give a small period of grace, so you had better get in quickly before you lose your right to a free tow.

Ordinary members with one boat $75, Pensioners $40, registered Active members $10, additional boats $10 each.

Pay online by credit card at http://vmrwhitsundays.com.au/renew-your-membership/, by cheque to PO Box 298 Cannonvale 4802, or at ANZ Cannonvale (Whitsunday Plaza, aka Centro).

Annual General Meeting

This is an advance notice of VMRW’s annual general meeting, which will be held on Monday, August 7 at the Marine Club (aka VMR Clubrooms), starting at 7pm.

All members are welcome, although only active members are eligible to vote.

Monthly Meetings

are held on the first Monday of each month.

The next meeting will be Monday, July 3.


Starting at 6.15pm for 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 members, 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

Four new notices to mariners have been added to the Qld Transport Website for our region since the last Samson Post.

A couple are about works in Abell Point and Hamilton Island marinas, one about Shute Harbour lead lights and one about the west cardinal at Bird Island.

Please go to the Qld Govt Transport website for further details.

Link to latest Activations reports

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