Extra funding for Ballina Marine Rescue Tower
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay, Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast Chris Gulaptis and Ben Franklin MLC today announced the NSW Government is committing a further $215,000 towards building a new Ballina Marine Rescue Tower.
Mr Gay said the extra funding now takes the total contribution since 2014 from the State Government to $565,000.
“The Ballina Marine Rescue Tower operates as a key marine search and rescue response unit and public marine radio monitoring station in Northern NSW,” Mr Gay said.
“The unit watches over thousands of registered vessels on the Far North Coast every year, including vessels that have to manage the treacherous sand bar at the mouth of the Richmond River.
“Local recreational boaters, the commercial fishing fleet and visiting sailors will be the biggest beneficiaries of this new tower and redevelopment with Marine Rescue in Ballina responding to more than 14,000 radio calls every year.”
Mr Franklin said the tower was historically significant to the area and many residents had approached him and local members regarding funding for its replacement and redevelopment.
“We have listened to the local community and we’re getting on with the job to help deliver this important project,” Mr Franklin said.
“Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has approached me personally for extra funding to ensure residents and boaters have a safe, operational and modern tower.
Mr Gulaptis said the existing tower has been part of the Ballina community for 30 years – many residents see having a tower and marine search and rescue response unit integral to the area’s identity.
“The Local Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith has committed to sourcing further funding to help meet the full replacement and redevelopment cost,” Mr Gulaptis said.