THE Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Portland Flotilla has received a $20,000 Marine Safety Grant.
“The government recognises the tireless and ongoing effort of the volunteer members of the Portland Coast Guard who provide critical 24-hour emergency response for the waters off Portland,” Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said on Thursday.
Flotilla commander Stephen Brown said the group already received compensation for jobs, funding for training from Portland Aluminium, and support for the radio room and help with maintenance from Keppel Prince.
“It’s great the support we have received from our local businesses,” Mr Brown said.
“One of our largest costs is insuring our operations, followed by the costs of repairs when something breaks. They put a large drain on funds.
“With the help of our state government, through our local member, this funding allocation will go a long way towards helping us continue to provide the service our enthusiastic members in Portland work toward.”
Mr Brown said the previous and current executive of Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Portland flotilla have been lobbying Dr Napthine for some time for funding toward the general costs associated with operating their marine search and rescue vessel, Helen Handbury.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.