Premier Opens Extension And Renovation Of VMRS Headquarters

Premier Opens Extension And Renovation Of VMRS Headquarters

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Marine Rescue Base Ship-Shape After Extensions

Victor P Taffa

  • Extensions to Exmouth Volunteer Marine Rescue Service building completed
  • $700,000 building project fulfils State Government election commitment

Exmouth’s Volunteer Marine Rescue Service (VMRS) is better prepared to protect coastal communities following the completion of an extension and renovation of its headquarters.

Officially opening the upgraded facility today, Premier Colin Barnett said the $700,000 project was funded by the State Government through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services as part of a 2013 election commitment.

 

 

 

 

“VMRS play a vital role in protecting locals and visitors who use our coastline, so it’s important those groups have the best possible facilities.” Mr. Barnett said.

“This extension is an addition to the original building and provides much-needed protection for the Exmouth VMRS rescue vessel, ‘Ningaloo Endeavour’, and other equipment during the cyclone season.”

“Previously some of that equipment was exposed to the elements because of a lack of storage space.”

The extension also provides an office, kitchen, and training and meeting room, with the facility available for use by other community organisations.

In 1999, the original Exmouth VMRS building was badly damaged by Severe Tropical Cyclone Vance.

“Despite having to use a temporary replacement facility, the Exmouth VMRS has attended all marine search and rescue operations when called upon.” the Premier said.

Mr. Barnett said boat users across the State were indebted to volunteers such as those in the Exmouth VMRS.

“The State Government thanks you for the time you give to keep the community safe and is very pleased to be able to support you in this way.” the Premier said.

Fact File

  • The new $700,000 extension to the Exmouth VMRS was a State Government election commitment
  • The extension is built to contemporary building standards and designed to meet cyclone ratings
  • As part of its commitment to emergency services, the State Government recently opened the $2 Million Geraldton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Station and provided $1.2 Million funding for the SES/St John Ambulance facility in Denham