Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie’s Swansea Heads Radio Base will benefit from new radio systems and back-up generators thanks to a $152,498 grant from the NSW Liberal National Government’s Infrastructure Grants program.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the project would boost reliability of Marine Rescue’s service and enhance the range of communication it relies on to monitor vessels and save lives 24 hours a day.
“The project will make it easier for Marine Rescue to keep watch on vessels and other users of local waterways in Lake Macquarie and as far south as Terrigal and north to Stockton Bight,” Mr MacDonald said.
"The Marine Rescue Radio Base at Swansea Heads has provided almost 40 years of safety communications to the boating public,” Deputy Commander Mal Wardrop said.
“However this venerable building is now in need of urgent replacement. This generous grant from our State Government will be the strong foundation on which we will build a new, fully accessible, state of the art, Search and Rescue communication centre which will continue to provide safety communications to our mariners for many years to come."
"On behalf our Commander Neil Grieves, we would like to thank our Grants Officer Lee Baines and his team for the hard work they have put in to submit this grant proposal. We would also like to thank the State Government for their generous support in this vital area of Marine Safety."
Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the project is one of 22 across NSW, funded through the latest round of the Clubgrants category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.
“Our Government is pleased to provide this funding to help ensure local communities are well prepared for any emergency situation.”
The program was improved in 2017 to give community organisations more chances to apply for a wider range of projects.
New funding ranges have encouraged more diverse projects, with a streamlined application process that cuts red tape and allows for faster assessment.