Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today launched the new search and rescue vessel for the Portland Flotilla of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association.
Ms Tierney said the Portland Flotilla is now the proud owner of an 11.9 meter Sabre built vessel thanks to a $469,065 grant under the Brumby Government’s Boating Safety and Facilities Program.
“This fantastic funding contribution highlights the Government’s very strong commitment to making Victoria’s waterways safer,” Ms Tierney said.
“The new Coast Guard vessel will meet the need for a properly equipped rescue vessel of adequate size, buoyancy and strength to attend to sea rescue and safety operations in the Portland and South-West Region of Victoria.”
Ms Tierney congratulated the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard, the Portland community and Marine Safety Victoria for their contribution to the delivery of the vessel.
“This impressive vessel is an inspirational example of community groups, volunteers and government agencies working together toward an outcome which not only improves public safety but also enhances community spirit.”
Ms Tierney said the Brumby Government would commit more than $5 million this year to help improve boating safety and recreational boating infrastructure across Victoria.
“Grants will fund projects to boost boating safety education and training, purchase search and rescue vessels and equipment, navigation aids and boating safety signage, and upgrade and construct boat ramps and jetties,” she said.
“The Boating Safety and Facilities Program is funded by re-investing recreational boat operator licensing fees and vessel registration revenue. Grants fund projects for boating, fishing and community groups, waterway authorities, government agencies and search and rescue organisations.
The Commonwealth Government also contributed $150,000 from the Regional Partnerships Program run by the Department of Transport and Regional Services.
“This funding recognises the vital service provided by volunteers who offer their time free of charge to assist others in difficulty.”