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Hartsuyker announces Australian government grant to assist Woolgoolga Volunteer Sea Rescue Association.



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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper

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January 31, 2006

Hartsuyker announces Australian Government grant to assist Woolgoolga Volunteer Sea Rescue Association

The Woolgoolga Volunteer Sea Rescue Association has received a welcome boost, following the announcement of a grant from the Australian Government.

The Nationals Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, has announced a grant of $10,400 which will enable the sea rescue association to purchase essential equipment and conduct crew training.

Mr Hartsuyker, who recently met with representatives of the organisation, said the Woolgoolga Volunteer Sea Rescue Association provides an invaluable service to local fishermen and boat owners.

“The safety and support which the sea rescue association provides gives those who venture out to sea piece of mind, should they require any assistance,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The volunteers do an outstanding job in manning the radio and organising a rescue in the case of an emergency or routine assistance.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the funding for the Woolgoolga organisation had been granted under the Australian Government’s National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund.

“This programme recognises the need for local organisations to be adequately prepared for emergencies and disasters,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“This assistance will help the association continue the great work they do. As one member noted you have to sell a lot raffle tickets to raise $10,000.”

During his visit to their WSRA headquarters Mr Hartsuyker was shown their new boat and received a comprehensive briefing on how they monitor boats in the area.

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Caption: Luke Hartsuyker MP with representatives from the Woolgoolga Volunteer Sea Rescue Association, Albert Day, Andrew Boyden and Richard Holliday.