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Making Tasmanian boating safer.

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Last updated: 18 June 2007

Making Tasmanian boating safer

The waters of Tasmania’s D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Storm Bay and Derwent River will be safer for recreational boating enthusiasts, and others, with the commissioning today of a new rescue vessel which has been fitted out courtesy of the Howard Government.

Bendigo 1, a 9.6 metre flybridge cruiser, to be operated by the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association’s Tasmania Flotilla One, was commissioned at a ceremony at Kettering Wharf south of Hobart.

Speaking at the ceremony, Australian Fisheries Minister, Senator Eric Abetz, said it was important that the recreational fishing and boating community are provided with adequate rescue facilities.

“The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard performs a vital service, and are to be congratulated for the work they do,” Senator Abetz said.

“A grant of $19,633 from the Australian Government’s Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme to the Coast Guard’s Tasmania Flotilla One enabled fit out of new electronic equipment for the Bendigo 1.

“This included radar, a global positioning system, radio and compass.

“The Bendigo 1 will be available to help all vessel operators and will provide safety and patrol services at a number of aquatic events, including annual Scout, Guide and other regattas.

“It will also be available around-the-clock to help Tasmania Police in search and rescue operations.”

“Over the past three years, the Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme has provided $15 million to help foster recreational fishing in communities around Australia,” he said.

For further details about the Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme, visit the web site or call 1800 665 105.

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