March 2022

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Hi everyone,

We had a very busy “Super Sunday” recently, with 5 activations within 24 hours. Total activations continue the upward trend from last year, running at 71% higher than the same period which in itself part of a record year for us.

Read about our Activations during February.

After a hiatus caused by COVID we have resumed training for our crew and will also be resuming our active members’ meetings this month.

It’s interesting to compare the difference, so here are the stats for the first month of 2022, compared to where we were this time last year. It looks like the trend is going to continue.

Progress of the Blue Water Review

The Blue Water Review into the integration of marine rescue services in Queensland into one combined entity is moving slowly forward, but there is a lot of work required before it reaches full implementation.

The name for the new organisation will be announced soon after a survey of Marine Rescue and Coastguard members has been collated. Expressions of interest have gone out to suppliers for the first high priority replacement vessels.  

News about our valued sponsors

Emerald Sea Surveys have renewed their Naming Rights Sponsorship for Whale Song VMR2 – thank you Curt and Mich Jenner, your support is very much appreciated.

Hamilton Island has renewed their Silver Sponsorship in recognition of our work from Hamilton at all hours, day and night, carrying out medivacs with the QAS.

And we will have some more news on sponsorships next month! It is very gratifying to see the great support we receive from businesses and the community in recognition of us providing the marine safety net to the island and boating communities of the Whitsundays.

Coral Sea Marina VMR1 coming out of the water again

Coral Sea Marina VMR1 will be coming out of the water soon for planned maintenance, iCoral Sea Marina VMR1 will be coming out of the water towards the end of the month for planned maintenance, including new antifouling thanks to Chris Carter and the team at Hawke’s Boatyard. Whale Song VMR2 will be on standby if required for an activation.

Have you checked out our new website yet?

The new website for VMR Whitsunday is now up and running! Have you checked it out yet?

There is a boat-load of useful information on it for everyone such as how to contact us if you need us, the boundaries of our operations zone, information about tides and what you need to know/do/check before heading out.

Plus the links you would expect such as how to join, how to volunteer, and the link to your membership area. All at https://vmrwhitsundays.com.au or click on the image below.

Tell everyone you know!

VMR Whitsunday membership is cheap insurance at just $80 and you can join online.

Kind regards,
Mal Priday
President,
Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday