Marine Rescue has been knocked back for funding for a new $1 million vessel.
Marine Rescue has been knocked back for funding for a new $1 million vessel. Contributed

State Government knocks back request

MARINE Rescue Hervey Bay has been knocked back by the State Government for funding for a new $1 million vessel.

A few delegates from Marine Rescue along with State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen went to the state parliament to meet with the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Bill Byrne to ask for funding.

"The minister was very interested in our approach and while he was limited in his ability to assist, due to the current economic climate, he offered his staff and department to investigate a more equitable approach to funding across all volunteer groups in Queensland," vice commodore Bay Jill Barclay said.

The new boat would be used for general boatie breakdowns, medical evacuations for Queensland Ambulance and as well as being the primary response vessel for police search and rescue.

Mrs Barclay said even though there was no funding available at the moment she was happy with the outcome of the meeting.

"This would be a significant step forward for all Marine Rescue and Coastguard squadrons in gaining financial support and was well worth the time and effort," she said.



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