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Funding boost for Marine Search and Rescue volunteers

MSAR assets

Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) volunteers in Melbourne’s south are receiving new vessels and engines as part of the government’s record $11.3 million investment in the sector.

The announcement was made today at the Frankston Volunteer Coast Guard and included the following upgrades for Frankston and Carrum volunteers:

  • a new vessel and engine upgrades for Frankston Volunteer Coast Guard
  • engine upgrades for the Carrum Volunteer Guard

Both coast guards are also receiving grants to support their critical operations, with funding provided for 2017-18 and 2018-19. This is the first time a dedicated grants program has existed for these kinds of organisations.

MSAR volunteers based in Melbourne’s south are among the busiest in the state, with Port Phillip Bay and Westernport Bay accounting for about two-thirds of Victoria’s marine incidents.

The Victoria Government’s investment in the sector over two years is part of a wider program of reforms to improve governance and deliver better coordination between MSAR units.

The state-wide funding program includes more than $6.5 million to provide new search-and-rescue vessels, and about $4.75 million in operational funding to cover essential costs such as training, fuel, protective clothing, maintenance, equipment and insurance.

The operational funding also includes about $650,000 to replace engines.