Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos has announced that the Marine Rescue Tuross unit will henceforth be known as the Marine Rescue Tuross Moruya unit.
Commissioner Tannos said that the new name better reflects the local community served by the unit’s volunteers saying “Volunteers attending the unit come from both the Tuross and the Moruya communities. The unit also has vessels located in both communities, on Tuross Lake and the Moruya River at Preddeys Wharf, so it makes good sense to better represent this dual presence in the unit’s name.”
Marine Rescue Tuross Moruya unit was initially called the Tuross Rescue Squad and was part of the Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA). The current unit base and infrastructure was developed over time by local VRA volunteers, with the base officially opened in 1994.
When the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association Marine Fleet Services merged in 2009 to create Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW), the MRNSW Tuross unit was formed, and now has 40 members, two rescue vessels and two Rescue Water Craft.
Unit Commander Alan Blessington said that the name change would not affect the great service offered by the unit to the local boating community.
“Our unit undertakes rescues on the on the Tuross River, Tuross and Coila Lakes, the Moruya River and on the open sea from Broulee Island to Potato Point.”
“Our new name acknowledges the important role that the Moruya community plays in supporting our volunteers, and we will continue to offer 24/7 rescue assistance to both communities.”
“We’re always interested in hearing from local people who would like to become volunteers, and welcome anyone wanting to make a positive difference to the Tuross Moruya communities.”