NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello, Member for Bega Andrew Constance, and Marine Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner Alex Barrell have announced a $200,000 expansion of the Marine Rescue Batemans Bay base.
Marine Rescue Batemans Bay is a volunteer marine rescue service for ships and boats in the Clyde River and Batemans Bay areas. Funding comes from the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program, as well as from contributions by registered clubs’ gaming profits.
The grant will allow the marine rescue service to accommodate more volunteers, improve storage, and provide more room for training.
“This project will allow Marine Rescue Batemans Bay to double its base space so it can improve its search and rescue capabilities in the region,” said Mr Constance.
“Local Marine Rescue units are vital to coastal and inland waterway communities, and we are so fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers keeping the boating community safe.”
Mr Dominello said the funding announcement was delayed due to COVID-19.
“Marine Rescue is a fantastic organisation whose dedication allows local and visiting boaters to hit the water knowing help is at hand if needed,” he said.
“Pleasingly, the Batemans Bay unit has its plans approved and is ready to commence work in the coming weeks.”
Infrastructure grants are given to communities to support building, renovating and fitting out disaster readiness organisations – funding sport, recreation, arts and cultural infrastructure. The next round of grants will open for funding applications on 1 February, 2021, with information for applicants available online.