Queenscliff Rescue Headquarters Officially Open

Queenscliff Rescue Headquarters Officially Open

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan

New Queenscliff Coast Guard Headquarters Opens

Victor P Taffa

Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan today unveiled the new $190,000 Australian Volunteer Coast Guard (AVCG) Queenscliff headquarters which has been rebuilt from the ashes with Victoria Coalition Government support.

“The Queenscliff Coast Guard headquarters has been operating out of temporary facilities since November 2007 after the original building was destroyed by arson.” Mr. Ryan said.

“This new flotilla will ensure volunteers can best serve and protect the local community which utilises the busy and hazardous stretch of water around the Bellarine Peninsula.”

“Queenscliff’s flotilla covers Port Phillip heads which is a dangerous marine area and the new facilities will help Coast Guard volunteers carry out their vital job.”

Mr. Ryan said the new well-equipped headquarters included a marine radio station, meeting and training room, first aid room and storage area for Coast Guard equipment and records.

“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting the AVCG Queenscliff operations to undertake important marine safety work, from small boat engine failure assistance to full scale search and rescue operations.” Mr. Ryan said.

The new headquarters has been made possible by $50,000 State Government funding, $17,000 Queenscliff flotilla funding, $10,000 donations, and a $113,000 insurance payout.

“The Queenscliff flotilla will keep the community informed about marine safety with marine education courses for the boating public and training for returning Coast Guard members.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said the AVCG’s commitment to local marine safety and their selfless work made them a central part of emergency services on Victorian waterways.

“AVCG flotillas are totally integrated into the emergency services as registered CFA brigades and they work very closely with the Victoria Water Police, Volunteer Marine Rescue Mornington, Victorian State Emergency Services, and Life Saving Victoria.” Mr. Ryan said.

“The Queenscliff Coast Guard responded to 61 incidents and callouts in the last financial year as part of its all-hazards, all-agencies approach to community safety.”