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Money talks at Safety Beach
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council recently presented Safety Beach Coast Guard with $300 to improve and maintain vital radio communications equipment at the Safety Beach radio tower.
Safety Beach Coast Guard has received a boost of $300 from Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Antonella Celi’s ward discretionary fund for the replacement and maintenance of much-needed communications equipment.
Cr Celi said Safety Beach Coast Guard is made up entirely of volunteers, and plays an extremely important role in the safety of bay user’s right around Port Phillip Bay.
“Safety Beach Coast Guard covers the area from Portsea to Mornington, and across Port Phillip Bay to St Leonards providing essential support so all users can enjoy the bay safely.
“I am delighted to support Safety Beach Coast Guard with this contribution on behalf of the community so they can continue to keep boat users and the bay a safe place to enjoy,” she said.
Cr Celi recently presented the cheque to Safety Beach Coast Guard’s Bruce Archer, who has volunteered with the organisation for more than 10 years.
“Each year our volunteers work tirelessly on education, monitoring and patrols, and search and rescue. In the past ten years our volunteers have responded to almost 1,000 call outs, assisted or rescued more than 1,000 people and provided more than 100,000 volunteer hours on Port Phillip Bay.”
Rescues range from assisting sinking vessels to performing Medivac responses and providing crucial search and rescue.
“The communications equipment is essential to the successful operation of the coast guard service, with communications needing to span the entire length and breadth of the bay – we’re very grateful for the contribution from Council,” he said.
The funds will assist with ensuring that communications equipment is kept up-to-date, well maintained and replaced where necessary.
“Our vessels must be maintained to commercial standards and be ready to respond 24 hours per day, every single day of the year. This takes a great deal of dedication from our volunteers to fundraise the money needed to keep these vessels ready to respond at any time.
“We welcome any support from the community – be it donations or volunteering – so get in contact with us today!”