April 2021


Hi everyone,

Activations for the year to date are up a little, with medivacs still a regular occurrence. It is nice to know that QAS has such strong faith in our team of volunteers delivering such an essential service to the boating and island communities.

All systems GO for the SAREX in May

In early May we are planning a major Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) with the help of the Water Police, with vessels from Coastguard Townsville and VMR squadrons from Burdekin, Bowen, Midge Point and Mackay taking part in addition to our own two vessels. The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter from Mackay is also planning on being part of the training, so it should be a pretty full on event.

Welcome (and thanks) to our latest GOLD sponsor

VMR Whitsunday is delighted to welcome Daydream Island Resort and Living Reef to the ranks of our Gold Sponsors, great recognition and support for our activities.

Thank you Bendigo Bank

We have been fortunate to receive a grant from the local Cannonvale and Proserpine Community Bank (trading as Bendigo Bank), to replace the clears on Coral Sea Marina VMR1. Thank you Bendigo Bank, your support is much appreciated.

Next month we will be announcing some more additions to our ranks of sponsors, and it goes without saying that we are very appreciative of the support we receive at all levels from the businesses in this community.

AIS back to full operation

The AIS on Mt Robison on Whitsunday Island (at an altitude of 400 metres – absolutely helicopter access only) has been restored to full operation after we managed to get our technician Phil Pleydell from Whitsunday Marine Electronics and Communications up there this week.

It is again providing coverage of more than 3000 sq. kms. On the same trip he replaced the regulator at the Hayman Island site, but we are still having issues with the AIS at that location.

Beware the yellow flashing lights!

Both of our rescue vessels are now equipped with yellow flashing lights to make other vessels more aware when we are undertaking an activation. If you see us out there and the yellow lights are flashing, please keep clear.

If we are stationary, please keep your wake to a minimum as we may well have a vessel that we are assisting alongside our own boat, and that will help us to reduce the chance of any damage to either vessel, or injury to anyone involved.

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 touch2024 will mark the 60th anniversary of the start of rescue service s 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
Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday