SHELLHARBOUR CITY COUNCIL TO OPEN NEW VOLUNTEER COAST GUARD BASE
Shellharbour City Council will officially open the new Volunteer Coast Guard Operation Centre at Skiway Park, Oak Flats this Saturday 18 April from 11.30am.
The original building which was built nearly 40 years ago and donated to the local water-ski club by well known identity, the late Mr Jim Gell, has been renovated by Shellharbour City Council and made available to the Lake Illawarra Volunteer Coast Guard as a base for their operations.
“Shellharbour City Council is very pleased to be able to help the hardworking members of the Lake Illawarra Volunteer Coast Guard move into their new base at Skiway Park,” said Shellharbour City Council Director of Operations and Services, Arthur Webster.
“The Coast Guard provide a range of services, offering assistance to boats that have been disabled in the lake or are in difficulties due to weather conditions.
“With the central location of their new operations centre the Volunteer Coast Guard will be able to provide improved response times when Police request assistance in search missions.”
Mr Webster said that the recent opening of the lake had brought with it an increase in recreational craft enjoying the cleaner waters on offer.
“The Lake Illawarra Coast Guard has expanded its capability to respond to the anticipated demands for assistance with this increase in recreational activity on the lake,” said Mr Webster.
“Volunteer Coast Guard members will be manning an information kiosk from the base on weekends allowing members of the public to receive information about safe boating and weather conditions on Lake Illawarra.”
The Lake Illawarra Volunteer Coast Guard will house one of their vessels at the new facility with the other to be stored at a facility in Windang to assist with bar rescue work.
The new Volunteer Coast Guard Operation Centre at Skiway Park, Oak Flats will be officially opened this Saturday 18 April from 11.30am.