Cape Byron Coastal Patrol divisional commander Peter Stynes (right) and search master Syl Reid at the newly named Marine Rescue NSW headquarters at Cape Byron.
Cape Byron Coastal Patrol divisional commander Peter Stynes (right) and search master Syl Reid at the newly named Marine Rescue NSW headquarters at Cape Byron.

Quick changeover for rescue group

BYRON Bay’s Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol is now known as Marine Rescue NSW.

The patrol is among the first voluntary marine rescue organisations in the state to adopt the new name, with members swapping their orange shirts for a new blue uniform on New Year’s Day.

The changeover is part of a state-wide streamlining of volunteer marine rescue units, which will see the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard combined under one name.

Brunswick Marine Rescue will make the transition on January 21, while the Ballina Coast Guard is expected to change to the new name later this year.

But not all rescue authorities are happy with the changes. Kingscliff and Evans Head are holding out along with a couple of South Coast volunteer patrols.

Evans Head Coast Guard flotilla commander John Frankham said there was no clear evidence the change would benefit marine rescue organisations.

The new marine rescue organisation was announced in 2008 after a report into the volunteer marine rescue movement.

But according to the NSW government, the new name will not change the day-to-day operations of volunteer marine rescue groups, and will streamline and improve marine rescue in NSW. It aims to eliminate duplication of resources and standardise training.



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