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Coast guard facility must be supported

Momentum is building for the replacement of outdated coast guard facilities at Port Welshpool.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has written to the Minister for Emergency Services forwarding a business case for a new facility to better support coast guard volunteers and the boating community in Corner Inlet.

Mr O’Brien has been working with the Port Welshpool Coast Guard flotilla for a number of years and is strongly supporting its case for funding for a new office, communications base, training facility and storage area.

Earlier in the year Mr O’Brien again visited the site and is appalled at the state it has fallen into.

“The Port Welshpool Coast Guard is still housed in temporary builder’s huts that were originally used for construction of the Loy Yang power station more than 40 years ago.

“The facility is not fit for human habitation let alone as an emergency services hub, with parts of the walls rotting, floors giving way and bathroom and kitchen facilities that are totally inadequate.

“Our Coast Guard volunteers perform a magnificent free service keeping the boating community safe in Corner Inlet and around Wilsons Promontory.

“They deserve to have modern facilities that are up to scratch and allow them to do their job properly.

“I was proud to have assisted the Port Welshpool flotilla to get a new boat several years ago, but we now desperately need support for their new base at Port Welshpool.”

Mr O’Brien said the State Government needs to support the project with funding of only around $400,000 being sought to build a new facility.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with Port Welshpool Coast Guard Commander Peter Carrolan

10 July 2020

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