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Volunteer Marine Rescue resources and facilities

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Jason Quick
PO Box 1339
CAPALABA QLD 4157

Total Signatures - 41

Sponsoring Member: Steve Dickson MP

Posting Date: 21/07/2017

Closing Date: 26/11/2017

Tabled Date: 15/02/2018

Responded By: Hon Craig Crawford MP on 13/03/2018

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the facilities and resources available to the Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland. Marine Rescue Victoria Point was established in 1982 and develops crew skills and equipment to assist the boating public across Moreton Bay. They are located at Victoria Point with two rescue vessels mainly operating between Cleveland and the Logan River. They receive only minimal Government funding and many of the volunteers engage in fundraising activities as well as staffing and maintaining the facility. The facilities at VMR Victoria Point are falling into disrepair and the Association has been unable to fundraise the required monies to adequately maintain or upgrade their facilities. The boat ramp is shared with the public in this location and is often congested. The VMR have no option but to wait in line, requesting skippers to move out, taking precious time that could be used saving lives out on the water during an emergency.

 

Your petitioners therefore request the House to:

 

1. Develop a business case and prioritise funding on the construction of a second boat ramp at Victoria Point for the exclusive use of the Volunteer Marine Rescue Association for use in the case of emergency.

 

2. Develop a business case and prioritise funding on the upgrade of the plant and facilities of the Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland to better serve Moreton Bay.