Local Marine Rescue Volunteers leading the State

I’d just like to take a moment to talk about our incredible local marine rescue volunteers, and how they are leading the state.

As those in our boating community probably know, there have been discussions going on for some time about combining Queensland’s volunteer marine rescue unites into a single integrated volunteer service.

The idea is to use resources more efficiently, avoid organisations having to compete with each other for funding, to make sure local volunteers have the support they need to help keep our boating community safe.

Our local VMR 448 Mackay has been a leader in these discussions and has become the first to sign on to join the integrated service, alongside Gladstone.

These volunteers, led by Russell McLennan, whose son Laughlan is also a committee member, will play a pivitol role in shaping the direction and growth of the new organisation. And I congratulate them for their commitment to our community and willingness to be at the forefront of change.

For our boating community, this won’t change recommended safety procedures. Please continue to Log On and Log Off via your local unit or VHF radio – the same way you do now.

In an emergency, send a radio distress call on VHF 16 or dial 000. For all other

assistance, such as if you get lost, run aground or experience engine problems please contact VMR Mackay on 07 4955 5448