February 15 - 21, 2015: Issue 202

   Broken Bay Marine Rescue Vessels Maintained Thanks to Pittwater RSL Community Club Grants Program

  Pittwater RSL Directors William Brockhurst (front), Cec Robinson, Brian Sargeson (back) are aboard the David B. Harrison learning all about this Marine Rescue Broken Bay vessel from Jimmy Arteaga.

 Broken Bay Marine Rescue Vessels Maintained Thanks to Pittwater RSL Community Club Grants Program

Saturday 14th of February 2015

On Saturday morning Marine Rescue Broken Bay hosted five representatives from Pittwater RSL at a morning tea and to show repairs and maintenance made to two vital boats that had been afforded in part through a $5000.00 grant made to this Pittwater based chapter of Marine Rescue.

This year Pittwater RSL donated over 60 thousand dollars in grants to support and further the work of local volunteer and community organisations that provide services to people in our community in a wide range of areas such as Lifeline, Marine Rescue Broken Bay and Sailability. 

Marine Rescue Broken Bay, a 100% volunteer organisation, requires 60 thousand dollars each year to run all aspects of the unit, and to help those who become distressed offshore. As seen in the recent page we ran honouring Roper Brown (Buster) the Water Police members attending found in their experience that they could not look after all as well as they do without the support of this organisation.

Marine Rescue NSW, which has units from Point Danger in the north to Eden in the south, 45 on coast units altogether, as well as support units like that at Terrey Hills, which oversees radio operations, have assisted 3, 046 Vessels during the 2013-14 period, 749 of which were Emergency Assists, have made 364, 368 Radio Calls and have assisted 7 500 people. (1.) 

The generous Grant from Pittwater RSL was met by members raising a further $5000.00 through raffles, sausage sizzles, all those fundraisers that turn cents into value inestimable. If you wish to contribute to their excellent wok you can make a donation on the Broken Bay Marine Rescue page here 

The five Directors from Pittwater RSL Sub-branch, President of Pittwater RSL, Brian Sargeson, VICE PRESIDENT, Brin Franklin, and Directors, Michael Carrodus, William Brockhurst and Cec Robinson, were then taken on Pittwater Saturday morning by members of Broken Bay Marine Rescue to experience the capability of the vessels and hear more about this vital local organisation.

Unit Commander Keren Muir-McCarey was aboard the David B. Harrison with Jimmy Arteaga, explaining about this vessel of Marine Rescue Broken Bay’s Fleet – what it is used primarily for, and its capabilities as a close-inshore boat.  

Aboard the Peter E Weston, Victor Lawrence went through many aspects of the operations at Marine Rescue Broken Bay which, apart from all its rescue work, runs a range of Maritime Specific Courses including Radio Operation, Seamanship, Coastal Navigation and Elementary Navigation. The Broken Bay unit also runs Boat Licence Courses.

You can find out more about these here

More about the Pittwater Club Grants Scheme

The ClubGRANTS scheme (formerly known as CDSE) was established in 1998. The funding is allocated in accordance with the ClubGRANTS Guidelines, as published by OLGR (the Office of Liqor, Gaming & Racing) and is primarily for the provision of frontline services to the local community.

There are 3 ClubGRANTS Categories:

Category 1 - Funding for specific local community priorities such as Welfare & Social Services, Community Development, Health Services & Employment Assistance Activities.

Category 2 - Traditionally delivered as Sponsorship and focused on supporting Sporting and Recreational groups, Veteran's Welfare, etc.

Category 3 - In addition to the above, this new Category draws from a state-wide funding pool and was

established to support the development of large scale Sport, Health & Community infrastructure projects.

NB This fund is managed directly by OLGR. Please visit their website for more details.

Applications for Club Grants 2015 – Local Clubs supporting Local Communities, close at 5:00pm on 30 April 2015.     

Overviews of Guidelines are accessible on Pittwater RSL’s website here: www.pittwaterrsl.com.au/community-grants

More information here: www.clubsnsw.com.au/community/clubgrants/find-your-local-grant-round


1. Financial Statements and Reports year ended 30 June 2014. Retrieved from: www.marinerescuensw.com.au/about-us/documents 

 Pittwater RSL Vice President Brin Franklin and Director Michael Carrodus aboard the David B Harrison with Marine Rescue Broken Bay volunteers Jimmy Arteaga and Unit Commander of BBMR Keren Muir-McCarey (in bow).

Words and Pictures by A J Guesdon, 2015.