June 2022

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Read about our Activations during May

Hi everyone,

There were not a lot of people out on the water during the recent unfavourable weather, and this is reflected in activation numbers.  The sun is back though, winter is getting closer and that usually means lighter winds, blue skies, clear water and whales – and more people out on the water!

For the year to date we are still up 67% on the prior year. There was a long activation to assist a vessel back from the other side of Bait Reef, about 75 miles return, and a medivac from Hayman for 4 persons injured in a jet ski incident as well as another patient off a nearby yacht that required medical attention.

Hayman Island moves up to GOLD

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort has moved up from Silver Sponsorship to Gold, and we thank them for their ongoing support. VMRW is delighted at the level of support we receive from the Whitsundays community, and this is another great example. 

New tender for Coral Sea Marina VMR1

Our tender on VMR1 gets a fair bit of use, and we have been looking at purchasing a bigger one that would be more suitable for what we have to do.  VMRW is delighted that the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has donated the funds to purchase the new larger tender as well as a cover through their Safety of Lives at Sea programme.     

Building extension plans get underway

We have started down the road on getting engineering and design work completed for the extension of our training and operations facility, then we start to go through the approval process. At this stage it looks like construction and completion in the 2024 year. 

Still watching the price of fuel

Fuel pricing is being reviewed monthly, and at the moment the trend appears to be upward so we may have to adjust the fuel levy again.

VMR1 waiting to come out of the water

The out of the water service for Coral Sea Marina VMR1 has had to be postponed again, this time due to the high workload at Hawke’s Boatyard, but it looks like it will be coming out of the water towards the end of June for planned maintenance, including new anti-fouling thanks to Chris Carter and the team at Hawke’s.

Whale Song VMR2 will be on standby if required for an activation, and we can also call on Bowen, Midge Point and Mackay if required for assistance on the water during that period.

New name announced!

The Marine Rescue Integration Plan (formerly Blue Water Review) team have announced the name for the new organisation – and not surprisingly, it is Marine Rescue Queensland!

The name was announced by the Minister for Fire and Emergency Service, the Honourable Mark Ryan MP, and followed consultation with marine rescue volunteers from both VMR and Coastguard, who were consulted  about the future single integrated service name. Marine Rescue Queensland was the overwhelming choice of 87 per cent of the almost 1,000 volunteer participants surveyed.

This means a single integrated marine rescue service has moved a step closer, and the new name acknowledges the important role that marine rescue volunteers have in keeping the community safe out on the water.

Channel 67 has an issue – Use 16

We have been advised by MSQ that the Channel 67 repeater on Hayman Island is out of service for 3-4 weeks, and in the interim users should continue to use Channel 16. The VMR Repeaters on Hayman (82) and Whitsunday Island  (81) are both fully operational.

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