Four volunteers from the Marine Rescue NSW Cape Byron Unit will today (Wednesday 7 September) be recognised for their lengthy and diligent service to the North Coast boating community.
by Ken McManus
New Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos will present the members with MRNSW Long Service Medals during a three-day visit to meet local volunteers on the North Coast.
Pamela Ditton, Joy Taylor, Ted Taylor and Rodney Reid each will receive their 10 Year Long Service Medal in a ceremony at their Unit at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, recognising their service to MRNSW and previously the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol.
'All four of these volunteers have served their community with distinction, operating the Cape Byron radio base to provide a safety net for boaters on these busy waters,' Commissioner Tannos said.
Commissioner Tannos, who was appointed on July 1, said he was visiting MRNSW units along the coastline to meet as many members as possible and familiarise himself with their equipment, facilities and key matters of local interest.
Along with Deputy Commissioner Heinz Mueller, he is also visiting the Point Danger, Brunswick, Ballina, Evans Head, Iluka-Yamba and Wooli units this week.
'Our volunteers are the great strength of Marine Rescue NSW,' Commissioner Tannos said.
'As these four members here at Cape Byron have demonstrated over a decade, our volunteers are committed to saving lives on the water and give their time unstintingly to provide a vital emergency service in coastal communities such as those along the North Coast.
'Since I joined Marine Rescue I have been out talking to our members to find out what they need, what are the issues of importance to them and how we can support them in their work to assist and protect the boating community.
'I want to acknowledge each of them for their hard work and dedication to this organisation and the boating public.
'The organisation’s 3,200 members operate 42 Radio units and 44 accredited Marine Rescue units along the NSW coastline.
'In addition to Search and Rescue, our members also provide continuous radio communication from the NSW-Queensland border to Victoria and a range of boating safety education courses.
'They also give their time to train and maintain their own high level of skills and to energetically raise funds in their local communities.
'I am well aware that the people of the North Coast have been generous in their support for the work of their local units over many years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them as well.'
Commissioner Tannos acknowledged the financial support of the NSW Government and the boating community through NSW Maritime for Marine Rescue’s emergency, radio and training services.
'This generous support has given us a sound base of around 50% of our total $14 million budget and enabled us to embark on an ambitious program to modernise our rescue fleet,' he said.
'Our number one priority is safety on the water for both our volunteers and the boating community. We are working to provide our volunteers with up-to-date, safe and reliable equipment so they can continue assisting the NSW recreational boating community.'
Commissioner Tannos reminded boaters to always log on and log off with their local Marine Rescue radio base whenever they are on the water. Marine Rescue NSW website
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