High tide for Broome's sea rescuers

Media Release

JM022/2018

17 February 2018

Joint release with:

Melissa Price

Federal Member for Durack

  • New HQ and rescue vessel delivered for Broome's volunteer sea rescuers
  • Equipment and craft will help the group provide marine emergency services
  • The Australian Government invested $500,000 in the project.

A new headquarters and rescue vessel for Broome's Volunteer Sea Rescue Group will protect Broome's boating community and reduce maritime incidents in the region.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the headquarters and the vessel would increase the effectiveness of community education programs to reduce the number of maritime incidents.

“These new facilities will improve the team's ability to communicate with sea vehicles and chart their passage, and will provide ample storage for the new emergency rescue vessel,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Maritime safety is every seafarer's concern, and we are proud to support this development which will not only make our waters safer, but also created 20 jobs during construction.”

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the headquarters were purpose-built, complete with radio room and operations desk.

“The new sea craft will give sea rescuers the ability to provide marine emergency responses over the 200-nautical mile Kimberley coastline,” Ms Price said.

“This vessel is a 7.7 metre amphibious craft that can be launched from low-tide environments such as sandbars and mangroves, making it ideal for the Broome coastline.”

The Australian Government invested $500,000 in the project, with the West Australian Government providing $450,000 and Lotterywest contributing the remaining $128,000.