Meet some special local volunteers – More than 130 years of service at VMR Round Hill

 

VMR Round Hill hosted the Marine Rescue Queensland (MRQ) State Conference last month with Councillors from all over Queensland coming to our region.

VMR Round Hill held a social BBQ for the Councillors and their partners on Friday evening at the Base and a State Dinner at Lagoons 1770 on Saturday with Local Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett and wife and our Mayor Matt also in attendance.

The highlight of the evening was the Presentation of National Medals to members of the VMR Round Hill Squadron.

These Medals recognises diligent long service in organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members. The Medal is awarded to persons for long service in eligible organisations which fulfil the ‘primary function’ of their organisation and meet other criteria.   Fifteen years eligible service is necessary to qualify for the Medal. Clasps are available for each additional 10 year period.

Mayor Matt and Stephen Bennett MP presented Medals to:

Neale ‘Skippy” Inskip

VMRAQ Coxswain 24/04/2006

21 years of service in some extremely dangerous weather conditions both day and night mostly in open waters including the search for missing children in Round Hill Creek in 2001, various searches in 2004, 2008 and numerous Medivacs some with Paramedics onboard other without. Most recent major incident and SAR was for the Spirit of 1770 fire May 2016 where Neale was skipper of Round Hill Rescue and On-Scene Coordinator for the operation returning 46 persons to safety with the assistance of other vessels.  Delegate for Central Zone.

Laurie Rapa

VMRAQ Coxswain 02/05/2006

20 years of service mostly at Neale’s side.

Doug Meng

38 years of service as SAR Controller both at Beenleigh where Doug is a Foundation Member (1979) and Round Hill (1991). Doug’s been involved in all areas of the Squadrons from crew to Management also a State Councillor for both Southern and Central Zone.

Ruth Tidy

22 years of service as Radio Operator, as one knows a calm voice is always helpful in emergencies. Also was Central Zone Secretary/treasurer

Josie Meng

32 years of service beginning with Beenleigh as radio operator and boat crew and Round Hill since 1991 Radio Operator and Management Committee.  Josie has been involved in most of the major SAR (Search and Rescue) activities at Round Hill. Zone and State Councillor for both Southern and now Central.

Not bad for a small squadron 134 years of Service – We are so very fortunate to have you in our community! Thank you to the VMR Round Hill and to all our local volunteers.