Coastguard able to continue saving lives at sea thanks to WRC
Coastguard, the Charity Saving Lives at Sea, is delighted with the news that Waikato Regional Council have established a fund for emergency rescue services in the region, with Coastguard being awarded $175,400 annually for the next 2 years.
The funding, which comes from a per-property levy on Waikato homes, replaces money previously collected by other Waikato councils, streamlining the funding process for all. Volunteer Emergency Services, including Coastguard and Surf Life Saving, worked closely with the Waikato Regional Council to reach a mutually agreeable result – ensuring that rescue services are able to continue their life saving work in the Waikato.
Coastguard Northern Region CEO Callum Gillespie says it’s a great step for the council, Coastguard and Waikato communities. “This funding will make an enormous difference to Coastguard units across the region, and is a great acknowledgement by the Waikato Regional Council of the work Coastguard volunteers – who are on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – do.”
“This Emergency Services Fund also brings multiple funding streams together, creating efficiencies for both the council and the rescue organisations themselves,” he said.
Last year Waikato’s Coastguard volunteers gave more than 50,000 hours of their time in training and operations and responded to more than 255 Calls for Assistance. Mr Gillespie said: “This funding will help Coastguard volunteers continue saving lives at sea, and we are grateful for the support of Waikato Regional Council, the District Councils and the ratepayers of Waikato who have supported this positive outcome”.