Batemans Bay Marine Rescue expansion on course

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello and Member for Bega Andrew Constance were today joined by Marine Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner, Alex Barrell to formally announce $200,000 in funding for the Batemans Bay Marine Rescue unit to expand their base.

Mr Constance said it’s great to be here with Minister Dominello, Alex and the local Marine Rescue volunteers to announce Batemans Bay Marine Rescue was successful in the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program – Disaster Readiness and Community Infrastructure sector in 2020.

“Batemans Bay Marine Rescue are now set to expand their footprint with major works planned for the unit to commence in early February,” Mr Constance said.

“This project will allow Marine Rescue Batemans Bay to double its base space so that it can improve its search and rescue capabilities in the region.”

“The new space will be used for training and equipment storage and will be able to accommodate more volunteer staff.

“Local Marine Rescue units are vital to coastal and inland water way communities and we are so fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers keeping the boating community safe.”

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said it was a pleasure to be in Batemans Bay to formally announce the funding, which had been delayed due to Covid.

“Marine Rescue is a fantastic organisation who’s dedication allows local and visiting boaters to hit the water knowing help is at hand if needed,” Mr Dominello said.

“Pleasingly the Batemans Bay unit have their plans approved and are ready to commence work in the coming weeks.

“The Infrastructure Grants program funds important projects across the state and the NSW Government is proud to support community organisations that work tirelessly to create resilient, healthy and connected communities.

“The projects they’re delivering will boost equity, social inclusion and participation – making a real difference in people’s lives across NSW.”

Since 2015, the NSW Government has funded over 380 community projects worth $58 million under the Infrastructure Grants program.

The grants are made possible by the Clubgrants Category 3 Fund which re-invests profits from registered clubs’ gaming machines into community infrastructure projects across three key areas:

· Arts and Culture;

· Disaster Readiness and Community Infrastructure; and

· Sport and Recreation

A new round of applications for funding opens 1 February 2021. Learn more at

Above: L-R, MRNSW Deputy Commissioner Alex Barrell, MRNSW Monaro Regional Director Glenn Felkin, Marine Rescue Batemans Bay Unit Commander Richard Blundell, Andrew Constance and Victor Dominello.