RAFFLE PRIZE: No, not John Donoghue and Peter McMahon from Marine Rescue Ballina, the boat is the prize.
RAFFLE PRIZE: No, not John Donoghue and Peter McMahon from Marine Rescue Ballina, the boat is the prize. Patrick Gorbunovs

Ballina Boat and Leisure Show on this weekend

MARINE Rescue Ballina's major fundraiser, the Ballina Boat and Leisure Show, will be held at Fawcett Park.

The event is being held on Saturday and Sunday.

Peter McMahon from the boat show committee said the event was now in its fourth year.

"This is Marine Rescue Ballina's main fundraiser, and it's really important that people come along on the weekend and support us," he said.

"Our unit is run by volunteers, so it is only with support from the community that we are able to continue our operations.

"This year we are raising money for our new tower. It is something we have needed for a long time now."

A number of exhibitors have already been secured for the boat show, so this is the perfect opportunity to check out what's new in leisure craft, boats, trailers, fishing gear, bait and tackle, safety gear, lifestyle products, caravans and campers, and much more.

Entry is by a gold coin donation, and the fenced-off area at Fawcett Park will be open to the public from 9am-4pm both days.

As in previous years, Marine Rescue volunteers have been selling raffle tickets in the lead-up to the boat show with the major prize, a very well-equipped boat with safety gear, being drawn on the weekend.

Shell River Street Service Station was the major sponsor of this year's Ballina Boat and Leisure Show. The event also received support from Ballina Shire Council, which provided funding of $5000.

Councillors recently endorsed plans for the new tower, and $1.75 million has been set aside for the project in the 2013/14 budget.



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