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  • $75,000 State Government grant funds Marine Rescue Eden radio base upgrade
  • April 30, 2018
Volunteers from Marine Rescue Eden have welcomed Member for Bega Andrew Constance’s announcement of a $75,000 NSW Government grant to fund a substantial upgrade of the unit’s radio base overlooking Twofold Bay.

The Liquor & Gaming NSW Infrastructure Grant will enable the unit to expand its facilities for the coordination of major search and rescue operations and provide improved access to the base.

Mr Constance said the Marine Rescue base in Eden was a valuable community asset. “A $75,000 upgrade will only enhance the daily work done by our tireless Marine Rescue Eden volunteers and allow them to better protect the boating fraternity,” he said.

“We have a magical coastline that attracts boaters from near and far.”

MR Eden Unit Commander John McKinnon said the centrepiece of the renovations to the 30-year-old building would be a new search and rescue coordination area to be built beside the existing radio communications room on the base’s first floor.

“Our emergency response planning is currently carried out in our radio room, which can become quite congested in peak periods such as during the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race,” Mr McKinnon said.

“This new facility will provide a dedicated area for personnel from various agencies to plan and coordinate major search and rescue emergency operations to assist boaters in distress.”

The project also will include a new external staircase, fitted with a stair-lift suitable for people with limited mobility, to improve access for members and visitors to the radio room and observation deck overlooking the bay.

Mr McKinnon said the upgraded operating environment and easier access also would help the unit attract new volunteer members.

He said MR Eden offered a robust marine radio safety net for the boating community, playing an important safety and support role for recreational boaters on both the NSW Far South Coast and East Gippsland coastline in Victoria.


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