- Brand new $240,000 modern vessel Dingo Marley delivered to Marine Rescue Bunbury
- Additional $135,000 grant for a trailer, vehicle and shed
- Part of McGowan Government's record funding for WA's Marine Rescue Services
Marine Rescue Bunbury has officially taken possession of its new $240,000 vessel the Dingo Marley today.
The new custom-built vessel, built by a Western Australian company in Albany, has been fitted with the latest communications and radar technology including a FLIR thermal imaging camera.
The Dingo Marley also has a more powerful engine and can travel longer distances than the group's recently retired vessel.
The Albany-built 7.5 metre Air Rider vessel can be launched at multiple locations along the South West coastline thanks to an additional $135,000 grant for a trailer and vehicle.
The remainder of the grant went towards the construction of a new shed to store Dingo Marley.
The $375,000 grant was part of the McGowan Government's record $22.5 million over the next four years in funding for WA's Marine Rescue groups with $4.5 million allocated in 2019-20 and $6 million ongoing from 2020-21.
The unprecedented investment in WA's Marine Rescue groups has been funded by the Emergency Services Levy and has been helping groups around the State receive new vessels, trailers, sheds, safety equipment and more.
Marine Rescue Bunbury is made up of 30 members who last year volunteered their time to respond to over 30 incidents.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
"I would like to congratulate Marine Rescue Bunbury on securing this $375,000 grant for a new vessel, trailer and shed.
"I'm told that the new shed is powered by solar panels and battery storage so what a great commitment by the volunteers to sustainability.
"The Dingo Marley, which was constructed in Albany by a WA company, is a built-for-purpose vessel with advanced technology and capability to help reach those in need on the seas faster and safer than before.
"Marine Rescue Bunbury volunteers have been serving the local region for 40 years and the Dingo Marley will make a great addition to Marine Rescue Bunbury's fleet.
"Our Marine Rescue volunteers keep us safe out on the water and in a state like Western Australia with over 13,000 kilometres of coastline they perform an invaluable service, which is why the McGowan Government is investing a record $22.5 million over the next four years in supporting them."
Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch:
"What a great pleasure it was for me to help officially launch Marine Rescue Bunbury's new vessel the Dingo Marley today.
"Marine Rescue Bunbury do a fantastic job for the community and I am very pleased that the McGowan Labor Government's record funding in our Marine Rescue groups has led to this new initiative.
"Thank you again to Marine Rescue Bunbury for all your great work and I hope this new modern, custom-built vessel serves you well."
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