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Minister presents St Kilda SES with new boat

Published 27/06/2013

St Kilda’s waterways are safer today after Victoria State Emergency Service’s (SES) St Kilda Unit officially received a new rescue vessel from Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells.

Mr Wells handed the keys to the $65,000 rescue vessel to St Kilda SES Controller Jim Kokkalos on the Yarra River at Southbank this morning.

The vessel’s hard hull is more durable than the unit’s existing inflatable boat and it’s also bigger, making for a safer, more stable craft.St Kilda SES receives their new boat

St Kilda SES is made up of 36 active volunteers, including five new recruits, who give their time to safeguard their community. They responded to 237 requests for assistance in the last year.

The unit’s new vessel was funded using $35,000 from the SES Critical Assets Program, as well as $10,000 each from the RACV Club, City of Melbourne and St Kilda SES.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said city of Melbourne was proud to support SES.

"SES volunteers do a remarkable job responding to emergencies in all kinds of situations, including on waterways around Victoria and right here in Melbourne," the Lord Mayor said

"The City of Melbourne is proud to support the SES and the dedicated volunteers who work to make Victoria safe."

RACV City Club General Manager Caroline King said they’d provided funding through their Good Citizen Program.

"When RACV heard a rescue boat was required by the SES for emergencies on the Yarra and Docklands, we were delighted to assist this vital organisation made up of dedicated volunteers," she said.

Mr Wells said the new vessel would assist SES St Kilda as they conducted search and rescue missions and worked to protect one of Victoria’s most popular stretches of coastline.

"Oh behalf of the government and the people of Victoria, I congratulate the St Kilda SES unit and all SES personnel for the hard work you do to protect our community," Mr Wells said.

"We will continue to support you with the resources you need to carry out your vital work."