$44,000 For Marine Rescue Event In Port Macquarie

$44,000 For Marine Rescue Event In Port Macquarie

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams has welcomed a $44,000 grant to assist the State’s official volunteer marine rescue service to hold its biennial Leadership Conference in Port Macquarie.

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant yesterday joined Mrs Williams for a tour of the Port Macquarie Marine Rescue Unit at Westport Park.

Mr Grant said $44,000 had been allocated to MRNSW under the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme, a joint Commonwealth-State Government program to assist with the recruitment, retention and training of emergency services volunteers.

“The NSW Government is proud to support our emergency services volunteers and our regional communities,” Mr Grant said.

“Conferences such as this generate valuable revenue for the region, highlight the beauty of Port Macquarie’s local attractions and help ensure its tourism and events industry remains strong and vibrant.

“I’m sure the members of the Port Macquarie unit will be proud to show off to their fellow volunteers their brand new radio base at Town Beach which opened in February.”

The Leadership Conference will be held at Rydges Port Macquarie on the Hastings River front on September 16 and 17.

Mrs Williams said the event would bring more than 100 delegates, including 90 volunteers, to Port Macquarie in September.

“This is the first Marine Rescue NSW Leadership Conference to be held outside Sydney, which is a tremendous vote of confidence in our city’s strength as a destination for tourism, conferences and events.”

“Our community is well aware of the valuable, life-saving work of the volunteers from our local MRNSW units at Port Macquarie, Camden Haven and Crowdy Harrington. It will be a pleasure to welcome their colleagues from further afield to our region,” Mrs Williams said.

“The conference will bring together the organisation’s leadership, including the Unit Commanders and Deputy Unit Commanders from the 45 MRNSW units, along with MRNSW Directors and staff

“Members who have stepped up to take on the responsibility of leading their local units will have the chance to come together to share their volunteer and operational experience and knowledge.”

Mrs Williams said she looked forward to welcoming the delegates to Port Macquarie later this year.

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