$2.3m upgrade for Ballina Marine Rescue volunteers
Volunteers from Marine Rescue Ballina now have a modern, high-tech base to assist them protect local boaters, in the new $2.3 million unit base and radio tower.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant joined Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, and Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin, along with unit volunteers today to open the landmark building.
Mr Grant said the base now has the latest in radio communications and provides panoramic views enhancing the unit’s ability to respond, in addition to new training and storage facilities.
“Residents and tourists alike are passionate about the water activities available in this region, and this upgrade ensures our dedicated volunteers can best monitor along the entire Northern NSW coastline and provide search and rescue responses when required,” Mr Grant said.
“The old tower served the community for decades and had become very outdated, meaning volunteers were working in sub-standard conditions, today we’re opening a modern and first-class facility that will serve the region now and into the future.”
For decades the community has relied on an outdated and sub-standard tower, though this co-investment has ensured this modern and first-class facility can serve the community now and into the future.”
The base upgrade was jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments, Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) and the Ballina Shire Council. Local volunteers raised $150,000 for the communications fit-out.
Mr Franklin said he was proud the NSW Government worked with the community to redevelop the much loved and vital community asset.
“Our local volunteers monitor marine radio around the clock and often put their own safety at risk to protect those travelling on our waters and this upgrade means they’re now equipped to continue to their work for generations to come,” Mr Franklin said.
MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos thanked the State Government for their ongoing financial support and the Ballina community for its generosity in supporting the unit’s fundraising activities.
“These superior facilities will help volunteers work even more efficiently and effectively to assist the local boating community,” Mr Tannos said.
The commissioner thanked the State Government and boating community for their ongoing financial support for Marine Rescue NSW and its volunteers and the Ballina community for its generosity in supporting the unit’s fundraising activities.
Caption: Member for Page Kevin Hogan, Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos, Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin and Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant.