Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    New facility to bolster maritime safety in Kimberley

    13/10/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • $450,000 for new sea rescue operations facility in Broome
    The Broome Volunteer Sea Rescue Group’s ability to respond to marine emergencies and rescue missions will be significantly boosted thanks to a State Government grant of $450,000 for a new operations facility.

    Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson today inspected the site at the Broome Port Marina where the operations centre will be built.

    Mr Johnson said the new operations centre would provide an excellent base for local volunteers and assist them in attending incidents across the Kimberley region.

    “The local group covers 300 kilometres of coastline from the south end of 80 Mile Beach to Cape Leveque in the north,” he said.

    “They are always on call and over the past two years, they have been tasked to attend approximately 50 marine rescues.

    “In addition, volunteer members undertake patrols at sea and educate the boating public about marine safety.

    “The Liberal-National Government recognises the superb role these dedicated volunteers play and is committed to providing them with the best facilities to protect the community.”

    The new facility will be jointly funded with $200,000 from the Royalties for Regions program and a FESA Volunteer Marine Rescue Services grant of $250,000.

    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said Broome sea rescue volunteers were regularly called upon to help people who get into trouble on the water.

    “The stunning waters around Broome attract a large boating community, both professional and recreational, who work and play all along the Kimberley coastline,” Mr Grylls said.

    “Keeping our volunteers at the forefront of new technology and equipment ensures we will continue to improve the safety and wellbeing of regional communities.”

    The new facility will be built on a parcel of land at the marina released by the Broome Port Authority on a 25-year lease.
     
          Fact File
    • Broome Volunteer Sea Rescue Group - established in 1996 and has 25 active members
    • Their rescue vessel - ‘Redbill’ - is an 8.5 metre rigid hull inflatable boat
    Emergency Services Minister's office - 9222 9211