BASE UPGRADE: Evans Head Marine Rescue deputy unit commander Kirra Hartland is calling for people to help with fundraising. Photo Samantha Elley / The Northern Star
BASE UPGRADE: Evans Head Marine Rescue deputy unit commander Kirra Hartland is calling for people to help with fundraising. Photo Samantha Elley / The Northern Star Samantha Elley

Marine Rescue ready for upgrade

IT'S been a prosperous time for the Evans Head Marine Rescue crew but there is still much more to do, according to Deputy Unit Commander Kirra Hartland.

"Our membership has doubled in the last two years," she said.

"But we are about to undergo a big fundraising drive to upgrade our base."

New shark alarms

Set high on the hill at Razorback Lookout at South Evans Head, the volunteers command majestic views of Main Beach across to Half-Tide.

With such a vantage point, the decision was made to install shark alarms on the building.

"It was Karin's (Brown, Unit Commander) idea and we have a unique position especially over Shark Bay," Ms Hartland said.

"The alarms will be installed on our tower this Thursday with one facing Shark Bay.

"There will be another shark alarm which faces Half-Tide for our surfers and swimmers and that will work in conjunction with the Surf Life Saving alarm."The alarms can be used as a tsunami warning as well."

Grants team

A recent call out for a grants officer to help with fund-raising has seen a good response.

"We may get a team that will be a sub-committee committed to fund-raising," Ms Hartland said.

"Our building is now 15 years old and it's time for a radio operations upgrade.

"We've been quoted as needing $60-80k."

People interested in volunteering for Marine Rescue services can contact Ms Hartland on 0431 015 616.



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