A $35,000 State government grant has enabled Forster Tuncurry Marine Rescue to replace its rusted, aging twin cab ute with a new vehicle.
Unit commander, David Gibson welcomed the announcement and thanked the government for the monies, which was allocated under the Community Building Partnership Program.
"The replacement vehicle is essential to us; it allows us to tow our small boat to other areas for emergencies and also tow our new food van which is how we raise funds for our voluntary organisation," Mr Gibson said.
"The vehicle will also be used to transport marine rescue personnel to out of area training courses to ensure we continue to provide vital safety services to the boating community."
Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead said: "This is fantastic news for the volunteers, locals and visitors who enjoy the natural beauty of our region knowing they are safe with Forster Tuncurry Marine Rescue at hand.
The replacement vehicle is essential to us; it allows us to tow our small boat to other areas for emergencies and also tow our new food van which is how we raise funds for our voluntary organisation.- Forster Tuncurry Marine Rescue unit commander, David Gibson
"I'm very pleased that this funding will enable our dedicated volunteers to continue protecting lives and ensuring water safety for everyone in Forster-Tuncurry.
"The current vehicle has major rust in its chassis due to being close to the surf at all times and it is vital we support Forster Tuncurry Marine Rescue to continue doing what they do best.
"I congratulate the entire Forster Tuncurry Marine Rescue team on their successful funding application, I know the new vehicle will make a huge difference to the entire team."
Forster Tuncurry Marine Rescue is a volunteer organisation which was established in 1987 after radio enthusiast, Michael Waldock had been conducting a marine radio service from his Tuncurry home .
It has been known as Forster Tuncurry Marine Rescue since 2009 and the rescue base is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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