LNP backs Hervey Bay’s life-saving marine volunteers

by Ted Sorensen
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The Member Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen has pledged that the LNP will save Hervey Bay’s threatened marine rescue service.

Ted spoke to Hervey Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue about the funding row with the Palaszczuk Labor Government*.

The life-saving charity said its 25 Queensland-based VMR squadrons as well as the 21 Australian Volunteer Coast Guard flotillas were in danger because Labor had failed to pledge future financial support, despite commencing a review of rescue services more than two years ago.

Ted said he backed local volunteers who face huge risks to protect the public.

“Hervey Bay volunteer rescuers put their lives on the line to save the lives of others,” Ted said.

“25% of Hervey Bay VMR’s important work in the region, goes to assisting in emergency medivacs from Fraser Island.

“Their treatment by the Qld Labor government headed up by Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Ministers is a disgrace.

“The boat that VMR is building is going to cost 1.3m and VMR will get back only 10% from the government, when it’s in the water.

“Thank goodness for the contributions from hardworking locals and community groups on the Fraser Coast, who have funded over 90% of the boat.

“Labor should be grateful to our volunteers for the dangerous work they do, not forcing them to close their squadrons down.

“Our volunteers deserve answers and a lot more respect from the Palaszczuk Labor Government, as do local boaties and recreational fishers.

“The LNP will give these volunteers the support they need to keep this community safe and Labor should do the same.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Lachlan Millar said Labor had had long enough to come clean on its intentions towards the future of marine rescue operations in Queensland.

“It is unacceptable that volunteers remain completely in the dark as to their future nearly two years after the Blue Water Review into marine rescue operations,” Mr Millar said.

“The LNP will give volunteers the respect and support they deserve. The LNP understands that Queensland has to have a first-rate marine rescue service and we appreciate the volunteers who provide it.”

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