Marine Rescue Port Macquarie’s Town Beach SARCC radio base has been damaged by fire. NSW Fire and Rescue firefighters were called to reports of a building fire at Town Beach around 2am on Thursday, September 12. The fire is being treated as suspicious.
Marine Rescue Port Macquarie unit commander Greg Davies said radio staff are still operating but have moved to the Port Macquarie boat shed.
There are no changes to the services normally provided. All contact phone numbers and radio logins are operational. New PM members can collect charts and stickers from the boat shed.
“The radio base is fully operational with members now operating out of the boat shed in Westport,” said Mr Davies. “The boating community can still log on by contacting us on channel 16 and it’s business as usual for them. There is no time frame for us to get back in there. When all the work is complete and the base is fully functional members will be able to return.”
“I’d say it will be expensive to fix, but Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is doing a great job to get us back on the radio at Town Beach as soon as possible.”
The state of the art Marine Rescue Port Macquarie radio base is a first class facility. It was officially opened in February 2017 by Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos.
It is home to Marine Rescue Port Macquarie and Salty Crew Kiosk and is a feature on the beachfront. The facility provides up to date technology and fit-out for Marine Rescue members to carry out their responsibilities and keep people on the water safe.