Nathan Juchau from Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group helping the Marine Rescue Newcastle team
Nathan Juchau from Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group helping the Marine Rescue Newcastle team

The Port of Newcastle is the world’s leading coal export port, with more than 160 million tonnes moving through the harbour every year. The port is a significant driver of the NSW economy, where safe shipping movements are integral to the port’s operation.

Just as important is the safety of the port’s recreational boaters.

Marine Rescue Newcastle is a not-for-profit organisation and the State’s official marine rescue service. The service provides emergency response, particularly for recreational vessels, and monitors traffic along the coast of NSW through a 24-hour radio service.

Our partnership with Marine Rescue Newcastle

In 2013, Marine Rescue Newcastle applied for funding through Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group’s Community Support Program to help refurbish their Shepherds Hill Cottage base that is located next to King Edward Park in Newcastle. Through the grant, the organisation was able to purchase new marine radio communication equipment for the facility.

During the devastating storms in April 2015, the Shepherds Hill location was badly damaged, making the cottage uninhabitable. The storm ripped the roof from the cottage which led to internal damage and the destruction of vital equipment.

To ensure the group could continue to monitor and provide critical rescue services, Newcastle Coal provided a temporary base for the organisation. Since July 2015, Marine Rescue Newcastle has operated from the temporary buildings on the Kooragang Island site. These buildings were fitted with the latest marine radio communication equipment that remotely links to the radio mast at Shepherds Hill.

Newcastle Coal is proud to be able to support such a valuable service and provide them with a temporary base to operate from while a permanent base is found.

Why Marine Rescue Newcastle?

Marine Rescue NSW is a not-for-profit organisation that is primarily made up of trained volunteers with marine knowledge, skills and experience.  Working to support the safe use of the Hunter’s rivers and coastlines, the group provides assistance, advice and vital rescue services to recreational boat users.

During peak boating times such as New Year’s Eve fireworks and Australia Day celebrations, the organisation provides additional operational support to ensure the safety of those on and around the water. Marine Rescue Newcastle also supports the local police in rescue operations.

Partner feedback

Ron Calman from Marine Rescue Newcastle says, “NCIG has always gone out of their way to help Marine Rescue Newcastle. They assisted us greatly when we had nowhere to go after the storm in April 2015 damaged our base. Their ongoing support is very much appreciated.”

For more information about Marine Rescue NSW, visit www.marinerescuensw.com.au

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