BACKING: Ousted Tin Can Bay Volunteer Coast Guard Phil Feldman, says he feels vindicated by a new report which endorses some of the concerns that led to his expulsion.
BACKING: Ousted Tin Can Bay Volunteer Coast Guard Phil Feldman, says he feels vindicated by a new report which endorses some of the concerns that led to his expulsion. Renee Albrecht

Govt releases the report all boaties need to read

A NEW State Government report has questioned the reliability of marine rescue authorities and the ability of recreational mariners to operate safely on the water.

The report, conducted over three months by retired Navy Commodore Campbell Darby blasted rescue organisations for "a lack of transparency and co-ordination” and warned "duplication of effort” increased the "risk of mismanagement and inappropriate responses in a critical event.”

And many boaties, it said, do not even know how to call for help in an emergency, let alone access potentially vital information on tides, channels and bar conditions.

The report substantially backed concerns raised by ousted Tin Can Bay coastguard commander Phil Feldman, who was expelled from the coastguard's national management authority, the Australian Volunteer Coastguard Association, on grounds that included his actions in raising these concerns with Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford, his Opposition counterpart Lachlan Millar and coastguard patron, Gympie MP Tony Perrett.

It finds substantial fault with the two rival marine rescue organisations, the AVCA and the Volunteer Marine Rescue Association of Queensland.

The report said both suffered from "poor internal communication, dated constitutions and a lack of transparency.” A link to the review can be found at qfes.qld. gov.au/Pages/Review-VMR.aspx

Gympie Times


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