Ballina’s new $2.3 million marine rescue tower has officially opened today.
Page MP Kevin Hogan did the honours of opening the tower, accompanied by NSW Police Minister Troy Grant, Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith and Ballina mayor David Wright.
The tower construction, and demolition of the old ‘leaning’ tower, was completed late last year as a collaborative effort from the Federal, State and Local Governments to deliver a state of the art building to improve the safety for recreational fishing and boost the regional economy.
Ballina Shire Council’s projects coordinator Chris Allison said the new tower includes a range of features including new surveillance technology, an internal lift for better access to the observation room and extra communication equipment.
‘The dedicated volunteers can now continue their important work watching over the hazardous Richmond River bar and helping keep our local boaters safe,’ Mr Allison said.
The funding for the $2.3 million project was a collaborative effort and included the Australian Government ($850,000), NSW State Government ($550,000), Ballina Shire Council ($318,000), Marine Rescue NSW ($415,000) and the Ballina Volunteer Marine Rescue ($150,000).