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Visit by NSW Emergency Services Minister
7 June 2017
NSW Minister for Emergency Services, The Honourable Troy Grant, visited MRPS on 7 June 2017. He was welcomed by Unit Commander, Lee Uebergang and Deputy Unit Commander, Neil Hansford, along with a contingent of members who operate all facets of the base, including the radio communications centre, the rescue boats, the lighthouse and cottage and the gift shop.
Following a brief explanation of what the base does, and how it works, the Minister toured around, looking at various facets of the organisation.
First port of call for the Minister was the gift shop, where he bought some mementoes of his visit.
After that came a tour of the radio communications centre, where he was shown around by the Manager, Mike Grover.
Then on to a tour of the Lighthouse and Cottage where the Minister looked at the site of many weddings held at the base.
Finally, over breakfast, the Minister chatted with several members, specifically speaking to Laurie Nolan, the recipient of the first Commissioner's Medal for Valour.
2017 Art Union Winners
1 June 2017
The 2017 Marine Rescue NSW Art Union was drawn on May 30.
The total prize package, worth $229,600 included a 4WD and fishing boat, jet skis, premium football tickets and luxury travel.
The winners are
1st: Ticket Number 187374 sold by Marine Rescue Ulladulla
2nd: Ticket Number 187552 sold by Marine Rescue Kioloa
3rd: Ticket Number 88594 sold by Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba
4th: Ticket Number 308421 sold by Marine Rescue Cottage Point
5th: Ticket Number 12244 sold by Marine Rescue Batemans Bay
6th: Ticket Number 14445 sold by Marine Rescue Kioloa
Bonus Prize Winners:
- Northern Rivers – Ticket Number 66518sold by Marine Rescue Ballina
- Mid North Coast – Ticket Number 233605sold by Marine Rescue Camden Haven
- Hunter / Central Coast – Ticket Number 258031sold by Marine Rescue Lemon Tree Passage
- Greater Sydney – Ticket Number 29794sold by Marine Rescue Terrey Hills
- Illawarra – Ticket Number 82821sold by Marine Rescue Ulladulla
- Monaro – Ticket Number 115440sold by Marine Rescue Merimbula
The draw, conducted by MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos and NSW Rural Fire Service Shane Fitzsimmons, took place at MRNSW Headquarters at Cronulla. All proceeds go to Marine Rescue units.
MRPS Collection Boxes
30 May 2017
Many of you see our Marine Rescue Port Stephens collection boxes in your daily travels about the Bay.
At the request of a number of generous merchants who put our collection boxes on their counters we have produced a card that sits behind the collection box to tell people putting notes and coins in the collection boxes how many rescues and assists we carry out.
We are already getting great comments from people who now understand more of the vital service we perform.
New rescue boat launched
23 May 2017
One year ago today, the John Thompson (otherwise known as PS31) was launched in Taree. Since then she has been active on the water, performing many rescues and providing excellent training.
She is fitted with the very latest in navigation and rescue equipment, soon to be increased even further with the grant from the State Government for purchasing first aid gear.
MRPS receives funding boost
20 May 2017
Scot MacDonald, MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, visited the dock where PS31 and PS30 are moored to present grants worth a total of over $12,000 to purchase new first aid equipment for use on our rescue vessels, and to run recruitment advertising for new members.
Nelson Bay Bowling Club
9 May 2017
Be there for the seafood raffle on Saturday 9 June. The Club is donating all proceeds from the raffle to Marine Rescue Port Stephens.
Be there and buy tickets to support Marine Rescue.
Sunday Telegraph features Marine Rescue and member, Laurie Nolan.
30 April 2017 (extract from story)
“Earlier this year volunteer, Laurie Nolan was the first to be honoured with the highest award for bravery in the line of duty for saving the lives of two crewmates during a wild storm that smashed the coast.
"Port Stephens volunteers were run ragged as they responded to mayday calls day and night from yachts caught in 50 knot (92 kph) wands and six-metre seas. During one ill-fated recovery mission, three freak waves knocked a 32-tonne rescue vessel on its side, pinning crew member Mr. Nolan, 67, to the deck and injuring others.
Once the boat righted itself, Mr. Nolan whisked one crewman with a dislocated shoulder into the safety of the cabin before cutting another loose from 30m of rope.
Mr Nolan’s selflessness was described as ”the finest demonstration of mateship and the Australian volunteer movement”
9 May 2017
On three Sundays in September, October and November, Marine Rescue Port Stephens will be operating the sausage sizzle, kindly provided by your headquarters for hardware and gardening needs, Bunnings.
You will be able to see our rescue crews in new roles as barbecue cooks!