Rescue Capabilities Boosted for Broome

Media Release


24 July 2014

Joint release with:

Melissa Price

Federal Member for Durack

Delivering on its election commitments to the people of Broome, the Australian Government is investing $3.2 million in new sea and air rescue facilities for the region through the Community Development Grants Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price today announced funding for a new Royal Flying Doctor Service Base, Volunteer Sea Rescue Headquarters and rescue vessel, all to be located in Broome.

“The Australian Government is helping create better social and economic infrastructure for regional communities across Australia,” Mr Truss said.

“As part of that commitment, the Coalition Government is providing $314.2 million toward almost 300 community projects across the nation.

“The new RFDS and Volunteer Sea Rescue bases, along with a new rescue vessel, will be a major boost to the emergency capabilities of Broome, the Kimberley and surrounds, ensuring residents and visitors have peace of mind when it comes to their safety and well-being.”

All up, $2.7 million of Australian Government funding will be invested in the new aero-medical facility located at Broome Airport, while a further $500,000 will be provided for the Sea Rescue Headquarters and rescue vessel which will be based at the Port of Broome.

“The new aero-medical facility will give everyone living in remote communities access to high quality health services,” Ms Price said.

“Works for the base will involve the construction of two hangars to house four aircraft, a patient transfer centre, as well as staff offices and consulting rooms.

“The new Sea Rescue headquarters will include an operations room with facilities for radio, charting and coordination, while the specially designed rescue vessel will be able to operate in shallow, low-tide environments including sand bars and mangroves.”

The $1.2 million Sea Rescue Base and rescue vessel will receive $581,000 from the Western Australian Government, $75,000 from Lottery West and $45,000 from Broome Volunteer Sea Rescue Group.

The $6 million new Royal Flying Doctors Service Base will receive $600,000 from Lottery West and $2.7 million is being sought from the State Government.