SAFE boating in the Eurobodalla Shire would not be possible without the dedication of our local volunteer Coastal Patrol.
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The endless hours the service spends assisting people with their boat access and rescue operations is invaluable and now the service is calling on the help to return the favour… or a little bit of it, anway.

With the growth of membership and volunteers, the Patrol has outgrown its premises at the marina co-op building and is hoping to build a new premises at the Hanging Rock Boat Ramp.

Training Officer, Gordon Patterson said the new spot would mean increased safety for boaters.

“Our main priority is the safety of the whole community,” Mr Patterson said.

“The boat ramp at Hanging Rock would mean we have a better view (with a two-storey building) out to sea, greater radio communications and the safety of people launching their boats would be greater because help would be right on hand.”

The proposed new building would also allow for a training facility and conducting large scale search and rescues on site.

“The location we are in at the moment can’t be used for training as it is too small. And it is impractical for the search operations we are conducting.

“The proposed building would be able to house our two rubber inflatable rescue boats along with other equipment and is an ideal location to give tourists and fishermen a much needed public toilet facility which would cater for people with disabilities.”

Coastal Patrol held a public meeting with local residents, who suggested a barbecue area and tables be erected.

The proposal is currently being processed by Eurobodalla Shire Council and the Patrol is hoping to start building by Christmas.

But they can’t do it without your help.

“The progress of the Batemans Bay Coastal Patrol would not exist without the generous assistance from the local community,” Mr Patterson said.

“The building will be paid for by some grants but other than that we have to raise the money ourselves and we are calling for community support.”

The total cost of the building would be $190,000.

• Donations can be made by mail to R.V.C.P – PO Box 585 Batemans Bay 2536 or for more information phone 44723060.

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