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  • MRNSW Annual General Meeting 2017
  • November 25, 2017

The Marine Rescue NSW Annual General Meeting was held at State Headquarters at Cronulla today. The results of the 2017 Board elections were announced at the meeting.

Patricia Fayers ESM was re-elected as a General Director and John Lynch ESM as Mid North Coast Regional Director.

Retiring Northern Rivers Regional Director Bernie Gabriel ESM was replaced by Bill Wardrobe, from MR Evans Head, who was elected unopposed.

Former MR Lake Macquarie Unit Commander Jim Wright was elected as Hunter/Central Coast Regional Director.

The Illawarra election is a result of a casual vacancy created by the resignation of Bill Carter ESM in May this year. Keven Marshall ESM, from MR Ulladulla, has been elected for the remaining year of Mr Carter’s two-year term.

 Chair Jim Glissan ESM, QC welcomed the new Directors to the Board and congratulated those re-elected to their positions. He thanked Mr Gabriel, Mr Carter and General Director Mark McKenzie, who has resigned for pressing family reasons, for their service to the Board, the organisation and its members.

 Commissioner Stacey Tannos ESM addressed the meeting on fleet, training, communications and facilities advances and priorities, as well as initiatives including more user-friendly electronic training platforms and the development of leadership training for unit executives and members.

 Mr Glissan announced MR Wooli Unit Commander Richard Taffs had been awarded Life Membership of MRNSW in recognition of his long-standing and valuable contribution across the organisation.

 “If you ever needed a blueprint for somebody … entitled to be recognised and given the honour of being appointed a Life Member, Richard is such a person,” he said.

Mr Taffs joined the Wooli Volunteer Rescue Association in 2002 and has been the Unit Commander since 2009.

 He was appointed to the Facilitation Committee to help guide the establishment of MRNSW and subsequently appointed to the original MRNSW Board.

 He has been a member of the MRNSW State Training Committee; the design committee for MRNSW’s Naiad rescue vessels; the Master/Coxswain training and assessment resource group; the Fleet Advisory Committee and the Training Advisory Group.

A qualified Master, he has conducted 150 rescues and he and his wife Jackie maintain a 24/7 radio coverage from their home as a licensed standby base.

 He has worked to support other units’ training activities in the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast regions and the Taffs have conducted monthly boat licence courses and tests attended by more than 2,000 people.

 “MRNSW has done far more for me than I have done for it. It has given me purpose, it has given me identity, it has given me skills, it’s given me knowledge, it’s given me friends,” he said.

 ”The trouble with individual awards is that we don’t work as individuals, we work as teams and I must recognise the teams who have worked with me.”

 Mr Taffs paid tribute to his “main team member, Jackie”, the members of MR Wooli, former Northern Rivers Regional Controller Stephen Reading and Regional Operations Manager John Murray, Chair Jim Glissan, Commissioner Stacey Tannos and staff for their support.


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