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News & Media

  • November 24, 2018

The ninth Annual General Meeting of Marine Rescue NSW was held at the State Headquarters at Cronulla this morning.

The results of the 2018 Board elections for a General Director and the Greater Sydney, Illawarra and Monaro Regional Directors were announced.

As there was only one nominee for each of the Regional Director positions, each of these candidates was elected unopposed for a two-year term.

Former MR Hawkesbury Unit Commander Ken Edwards is the new Greater Sydney Regional Director.

Keven Marshall, from MR Ulladulla, was returned as the Illawarra Regional Director.

Glenn Felkin, from MR Batemans Bay was returned as the Monaro Regional Director.

Four candidates nominated for the role of General Director. MR Botany Port Hacking member Bob Wilson was elected for a three-year term.

The elections were marked by the sad loss of Northern Rivers Regional Director Bill Wardrobe, who passed away after a short illness.

Returning Officer Noel Parkinson, from MR Botany Port Hacking, said the new online voting system had been simple for members to use and had significantly streamlined the vote counting process.

At a subsequent meeting of the new Board, Jim Glissan was re-elected as Chair.

At the AGM, MR Glissan formally farewelled retiring Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary Alan Skelley and welcomed Todd Andrews to both roles.

“Alan has done a remarkable job. We are in a strong fiscal position, largely because of Alan,” Mr Glissan said.

“He has prepared clear and cogent accounts for the Board and has worked closely with our Unit Treasurers.

“He has served with distinction and grace. He is more than an executive team member. He is more than a friend, he is part of the Marine Rescue family.”

Mr Skelley said it had been a fantastic job that he had enjoyed and would miss.

“It never ceases to amaze me the dedication of all the volunteers, particularly in my area from the unit Treasurers,” he said.

Mr Glissan and Deputy Commissioner Dean Storey thanked all 3,000-plus volunteers and the staff for their tireless efforts and commitment over the past year.

“Our volunteers have work tremendously hard throughout the year and that also extends to the whole of the staff,” Mr Glissan said

Deputy Commissioner Storey outlined the organisation’s achievements for the 2017/18 year, including:

  • More than 2,800 rescue missions to return more than 6,800 people home safely
  • Radio operators handling more than 273,000 radio calls and Logging On 74,500 vessels
  • Volunteers spending more than half a million hours on active rescue vessel and radio duty
  • Countless more volunteer hours committed to education, training, fundraising, administration and other duties
  • Members’ commitment to training, leading to more than 1,500 new qualifications
  • The delivery of four new vessels, taking the total to 81 new and refurbished vessels worth almost $19 million
  • The opening of MR Alpine Lakes’ first facility on the shore of Lake Jindabyne
  • Upgrading of marine radio coverage, particularly on the Mid North Coast
  • The introduction of new leadership induction and leadership development training
  • A focus on Critical Incident Support Services


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