Marine Rescue vessel fully equipped thanks to community grant

27/03/2019

A Georges River Council community grant of over $7000 has been provided to the Marine Rescue Botany-Port Hacking Unit to enable them to upgrade equipment for their rescue vessel. 
 
The organisation’s local unit, whose mission is 'to save lives on the water' used the funding to purchase first aid oxygen/defibrillator carry bags and a rescue vessel salvage/fire pump. 
 
Mayor Kevin Greene said that providing the funding was a no-brainer, given the essential service Marine Rescue provides. 
 
“There is a fully equipped rescue vessel stationed at Sans Souci for immediate deployment in the Georges River/Botany Bay area, and these local volunteers commit over 300 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, to provide a marine search and rescue emergency service for the local area,” said Mayor Greene. 
 
“While they receive some financial support from the NSW Government, Marine Rescue is not a state-funded emergency service, and they rely heavily on community fundraising, grants, sponsors and donations, with each unit responsible for its own operating costs. 
 
“Council is happy to throw its support behind this vital, lifesaving service for our community.  The previous pump was rusted from its mounts and the pump and fittings corroded due to the harsh operating environment.  
 
The pump is an essential piece of equipment, used for pumping out vessels in danger of foundering as well as having a firefighting capacity for not only vessels but for areas of bushland and property along the river-front only accessible by water.  
 
“The new pump means the Marine Rescue vessel serving the Georges River and Botany Bay precincts is fully equipped for effective emergency response,” explained Mayor Greene. 
 
“The waterways in our area are much-loved and used by both locals and visitors, and ensuring their safety on the water will help sustain a vibrant boating community,” he added. 

For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.