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Queensland Government Grant Helps Keep Moreton Bay Safe

25 Jul 2017

Attending to vessels in distress on Moreton Bay has gotten a whole lot easier with the help of a $35,000 Queensland Government grant awarded to Volunteer Marine Rescue Brisbane (VMR). This grant has enabled the entirely volunteer organisation to purchase two new, 250 horsepower outboard motors.

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, joined crew from VMR on their ‘Sandgate 1’ vessel to experience the new motors in action.

“We know just how quickly conditions on Moreton Bay can change, so it is vital organisations like VMR are equipped with the best possible resources to ensure they can attend to a variety of scenarios.”

“Together, these motors are capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots per hour, providing swift assistance to vessels in need,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

Volunteer Marine Rescue President, Thomas Grice, said he was thrilled to have received the grant, which has enabled the organisation to continue its 24 hours a day, 7 days a week operation in and around Moreton Bay.

“As a volunteer marine rescue organisation, we often provide a ‘first-response’ emergence service, so these new motors will assist us on continuing to work closely with Water Policy and the SES in attending to emergency situations”, said Mr Grice.

Mr Hinchliffe said he encouraged all not-for-profit community groups across the 4017 and surrounding suburbs to apply for grant funding of up to $35,000 under the Palaszczuk Government’s ‘Gambling Community Benefit Fund’.

Round 94 of the fund is now open and closes on 31 August, 2017. For more information on the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, contact Stirling Hinchliffe’s electorate office on (07) 3639 9100 or via email at Sandgate@parliament.qld.gov.au.