Volunteer Marine Rescue benefits from QGC Communities Fund

Gladstone boaties launching from the Volunteer Marine Rescue base at Gladstone Marina can now check the tide times before they head out. A bright new LED Sign located next to the boat shed will be used to communicate boating safety messages, including the vital log on and log off reminder message.   

The new sign has been made possible thanks to the QGC Communities fund, which awarded VMR Gladstone $30,000 to develop the project. President VMR Gladstone, Mike Lutze said “The sign can be programmed with variable messages for example tide times, safety alerts in the harbour and general boating safety messages. This type of sign can also provide messaging in a timely manner on any emerging issues of boating and community safety.”   

“Boating safety is one of VMR Gladstone’s priorities, and we are always looking for ways to encourage anyone who goes boating to use the free log on and log off service. When the weather is great, and the carpark is overflowing, it is disappointing to see that less than half of those out on the water have logged on with us. With Shell’s QGC project support on this project we will have a highly visible reminder of this service,” Mr Lutze said.   

The QGC Communities Fund provides grants to local, not for profit organisations to deliver grassroots, community projects. Shell’s QGC project has been a long-time supporter of the Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone’s efforts to help drive safer boating for the Gladstone community. Since it was established in 2015 the QGC Communities Fund has contributed over $1.1 million to realise over 30 projects in the Gladstone Region.   

Social Performance Advisor with QGC Marilyn Steel, said that QGC was very proud to support this project from VMR through the Communities Benefit Fund. “This was one of the projects that were submitted in our last round. We are really pleased to see it up and running and its all about supporting boat safety in the community.”   

Mick McAullay, Chief Controller VMR Gladstone and part of the LED sign project team thanked everyone who was involved in helping put the project together. “I would like to thank VMR members, our volunteers and the local community that helped us to get the sign out of the delivery crates and then up and running. They include CQ Drilling and Sawing, Pedro’s Industrial Vacuum Service, Boral Concrete, Coates Hire and Gladstone Port Corporation.”