On Tuesday morning at Byron Bay Lighthouse Precinct, Tamara Smith MP announced $47,100 in funding for Marine Rescue Cape Byron through the Community Building Partnerships Program.
The Member for Ballina said the equipment that Marine Rescue Byron can now purchase will save lives. ‘Cape Byron is well overdue for upgrades and this funding starts that process.’
Ms Smith said the new camera equipment will increase the capacity of the service to respond to emergencies in real time.
‘Marine Rescue Byron has played a vital role in many important rescue missions and it’s essential that they have first-class equipment for those rescue missions and for monitoring conditions.
‘The purchase of a back-up generator means that radio room operations can continue during on-water emergencies, even in the roughest conditions and the CCTV system will mean that the Brunswick Bar can be seen clearly in real-time, and we know that ups the safety for vessels, people fishing and for any water searches.
‘Our Marine rescue volunteers do an outstanding job and like so many of our volunteer-run organisations, they are the lifeblood of our region and I’m privileged to be able to support them today’.