Gladstone VMR Service buoyed by almost $10,000 boost

Gladstone VMR Service buoyed by almost $10,000 boost

Local boating and marine enthusiasts will be safer on the water following the February announcement of two grants totalling almost $10,000 to Gladstone Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland.

The state government grants have been used by VMR Gladstone to purchase three new radios and aerials for their secondary rescue vessel.

“We’ve also been able to replace two AGM batteries, which keep the power on to our radios in the radio room at the base with the power goes off,” VMR Gladstone President Jeff Caldwell said.

“All of these items are 10 years old, and at the end of their useful life.

“We’ve also been able to buy three new computers, which will be used to assist in the development of necessary skills for our volunteers to ensure they are qualified and competent to perform the tasks required to enable us to conduct our prime role of ‘saving lives at sea’.

“VMR Gladstone greatly appreciates the support received from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services in terms of the award of this grant.”

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher MP said the new investment would enhance marine rescue services in the Gladstone Region.

“Our dedicated marine rescue volunteers in Gladstone have long provided a vital service keeping us safe and we want to ensure they are supported in the work they do,” he said.

Established in 1971, VMR Gladstone is called to undertake around 70 incidents, covering search and rescue, breakdowns, groundings and medical evacuations, a year.

For more information, including becoming a member, and how you can volunteer to support the local recreational boating community, head to www.vmrgladstone.org.au.