QUEENSLAND Opposition leader Tim Nicholls says his government will inject $1.23 million into Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) groups and Coast Guard squadrons across the state if elected on November 25.
The LNP leader said the state’s 25 VMR groups and 24 Coast Guard squadrons will each receive $25,000.
This includes the three VMR groups on the Gold Coast, stationed at Jacobs Well, Southport and Currumbin.
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“This is part of our dedicated $10 million Emergency Volunteer Fund to support Queenslanders who support us in times of emergency,” Mr Nicholls said.
“An LNP Government will also provide a one-off emergency grant of $200K to assist with insurance premiums coming into the disaster season after Annastacia Palaszczuk has failed to act.”
Mr Nicholls said the grants would help provide greater funding certainty to hard-working emergency services.
“Volunteer Marine Rescue and Coast Guard squadrons play a critical role in keeping local residents and boaties safe when they are out on the beautiful Queensland waters,” Mr Nicholls said.
“The hard-working VMR staff do an amazing job already in keeping Queenslanders safe, but under an LNP Government they will have the funding to do so much more.”