MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
After a very busy 2020 for us, 2021 has started with a comparative whimper. Not that we are complaining, mind you! The weather has not really been conducive to any boaties having a nice time out on the water, let alone dedicated volunteers having to venture out in trying conditions to render assistance as required – although that is what we do!.
Late last year we had an unfortunate incident involving Coral Sea Marina VMR1 when it touched bottom during an activation, damaging the propellers. Thankfully, nobody was injured.
The next day the boat was hauled out at Hawkes Boatyard where it was inspected for any other damage.
The damaged propellers were replaced with the spare units we have on hand in the event of such an occurrence, and the boat was back in service that day. We have of course reviewed the incident, and have made changes to some of our on-board procedures to minimise the chances of a recurrence.
Where are we with the Blue Water Review?
The Blue Water Review which was instigated by the State Government in 2018, aimed at a possible merger and rationalisation of Marine Rescue and Coastguard operations within the state.
This is still on the agenda and a Marine Rescue Implementation Working Group (MRIWG) is being established, aimed at providing strategic advice regarding the volunteer marine rescue (VMR) sector in Queensland.
The aim of the Working Group will be to progress the transition to an integrated state-wide marine volunteer service and assist Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) with planning and delivering the future integrated service outcome.
We look forward to contributing to that discussion, and remain supportive of the concept and the direction.
Calling for volunteers!
Ever had the thought that you’d like to volunteer to help out with VMR? Perhaps you’re keen to get out on the boats for activations….or maybe you’re not a boatie at all, but could help in other ways like Radio or fundraising. Whatever your interest or skills, we could use your assistance, so perhaps turn that thought into action!
If you’re interested in coming out on the boats, after an Induction and a minimum of 6 training sessions you’ll be ready to take an active role in our activations. More information can be found on our website.
Membership is cheap insurance – tell your friends!
VMR Whitsunday membership is just $80 which is cheap insurance. For example, a tow back from Whitehaven usually works out to around $1300 for non-members and the outer reef can be really big $$$$!
Stay safe out there, and lets all hope that COVID-19 stays under relative control in Australia.
Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday