Stuckey Presents New Queensland Flag to VMR

16 Jan 2012 10:33 AMJann Stuckey

16 January 2012

State Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has presented the Currumbin Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) with a brand new Queensland flag to adorn their facility.

“I am pleased to be presenting the Currumbin VMR with a new Queensland flag to fly proudly at the VMR building,” Ms Stuckey said.  

“This vital organisation is staffed by dedicated volunteers who give up their time to keep an eye out for boaties and others crossing the often treacherous Currumbin bar.

“They are also tireless campaigners, joining me in keeping the pressure on local and state governments for a solution to improve the long-standing dangers that the bar presents year after year.

“Established over 30 years ago, Currumbin VMR logs an average of 6,500 boats crossing the bar each year, all of which can benefit from their presence and 24 hour emergency assistance.  

“Currumbin VMR also provides advice on weather and tidal information to boaties, and offers assistance to community groups using the Tallebudgera or Currumbin Creeks.

“President Gary Brown and his team have a local knowledge of the bar that is second to none, making them an invaluable resource and a source of safety for our coastal community.  

“Sadly, the Labor Government has refused to increase funding to support these vital services over the last decade, meaning crucial upgrades for safety equipment and facilities can only be afforded through the VMR’s own fundraising efforts.

“While it is only a small gesture, hopefully this bright new Queensland flag can boost morale and give the organisation a renewed sense of optimism for the year ahead.

“Anyone with an interest in joining or donating to this worthy organisation should contact the VMR on (07) 5534 1000