NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh has congratulated the Marine Rescue NSW Woolgoolga Unit on the welcome arrival of new safety equipment.
Mr Singh said the unit is the beneficiary $81,000 in funding from the NSW Nationals in the state government for the purchase of a rescue vessel launching tractor, now in operation at their Arrawarra Headland base.
Mr Singh said the funding was made available under the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Infrastructure Grants Clubgrants Category 3 Fund.
“The purchase of a rescue vessel launching tractor is allowing Marine Rescue NSW Woolgoolga volunteers to provide a safety net to thousands of water-users on the Coffs Coast,” Mr Singh said.
“The new tractor is also helping the volunteers provide a reliable 24/7 emergency service to our recreational and commercial maritime communities.
“I applaud Marine Rescue Woolgoolga for its dedication and vigilance and its important work in keeping our boating community safe. We’re grateful they can be relied on when they’re needed the most.”
Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said the new tractor would provide a welcome boost to the safety of local boaters.
“Being able to launch faster and more safely means our volunteers can quickly get out on the water when every second counts,” Mr Tannos said.
“This vital asset has arrived just in time for the start of what is expected to be a record summer boating season on the State’s waterways.
“The boaters of Woolgoolga can rest a little easier knowing that their local unit is better prepared than ever for the busy months ahead.”