Gippsland South The Nationals Port Welshpool

Coastguard there for us all on the water

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has thanked volunteer coast guard members for their service to the community this summer.

Mr O’Brien was speaking about taking part in a trip with the Port Welshpool Australian Volunteer Coast Guard flotilla into Bass Strait and Wilson’s Promontory.

“Just like so many other volunteers in our community the coastguard members give up their own time and money to look after people who get into trouble in our waters,” Mr O’Brien said.

“They provide an invaluable service to Gippslanders and those passing through our beautiful part of the world including Bass Strait which can be a dangerous stretch of water.”

Mr O’Brien said it was fantastic to see our iconic destination Wilson’s Promontory from the water and to put up with a bit of “weather” to see how it is for coastguard volunteers.

“I really appreciated the opportunity to see how the boat performs and the equipment the coast guard uses or needs and getting down to beautiful Refuge Cove made it even better,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Our South Gippsland waters are increasingly popular with yachties and boaties from throughout Gippsland and Melbourne and the workload is increasing on the coast guard.

“I will continue to do what I can to support them having secured the current boat at Port Welshpool when The Nationals were in government.  I thank all the volunteers for their service.”

Caption: The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with Rocco Maruzza, Commodore of the Port Welshpool flotilla on the S.W Hurley.

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