Labor will deliver new boats for marine rescue volunteers

October 27, 2020

Queensland’s dedicated marine rescue workers will be supported with a $35.38 million investment for replacement vessels and the establishment of an integrated marine rescue service under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said our Marine Rescue organisations and volunteers gave tremendous service to their communities, helping to keep Queensland’s waters safe.

“We owe a debt of thanks to the people who give their time and effort to plan for and respond to rescue situations,” the Premier said.

“We live in a state where so many of our communities can enjoy our beautiful coastline as a part of daily life.

“Our Marine Rescue personnel selflessly give their time to keep Queenslanders safe on the water, often holding their own fund-raising sausage sizzles and raffles to buy equipment.

“As boating gets more popular, we also see the number of rescue situations increasing every year.

“So, to help them continue this invaluable work, Labor is committing $35.38 million to help them replace their boats and to enhance Queensland’s Marine Rescue services.”

In addition to the funding injection, a re-elected Palaszczuk Government will establish a Marine Rescue Queensland Implementation Working Group to progress the transition to an integrated state-wide Marine Rescue Volunteer service.  

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford said establishing a single service would complement the state’s already high-quality disaster and emergency management practices.

“There are more than 256,000 registered recreational vessels in Queensland – about one for every 20 Queenslanders,” Mr Crawford said.

“Since 2015, Labor has increased funding to the sector by 43 per cent over the previous LNP government.

“Having one integrated marine rescue service in Queensland makes perfect sense.

“This will deliver a state-wide marine search and rescue service which can coordinate with other emergency services, including the Queensland Police Service and Queensland Ambulance Service.

“An integrated state-wide network means volunteers will have greater opportunities to lend their skills and capabilities to all emergencies.

“That means better communication between agencies – when every minute counts in a rescue.

 “I recognise the outstanding dedication of past and current marine rescue volunteers, who have freely given their time to keep the community safe.”