Mandurah: funding boost to volunteer marine rescue groups

Mandurah Volunteer Marine Rescue Group patron David Templeman with group commander John Blay at the annual general meeting.
Mandurah Volunteer Marine Rescue Group patron David Templeman with group commander John Blay at the annual general meeting.

THE State Government has increased funding to volunteer groups in WA with $19 million over four years.

Mandurah Volunteer Rescue Group plans to apply for funding for a range of maintenance needs at its headquarters in Mandurah Ocean Marina.

Patron David Templeman welcomed the funding increase.

“These magnificent volunteers provide an invaluable service to the people of Mandurah, the Peel region and visitors to our waterways,’’ he said.

“Last financial year, they made more than 300 rescues and recoveries, quite often in very challenging and dangerous waters.

“They maintain a radio contact system 365 days a year and participate in numerous community events.”

Mr Templeman also presented the group with a $1000 cheque from the proceeds of his annual variety show at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre last Christmas.

The sell-out Cheap and Dodgy Show supports a number of groups of which the rescue group is a key recipient.

John Blay was appointed Commander of the group for 2018-19 and also received an award acknowledging more than 25 years service.