Friday, 13 October 2023
SA Sea Rescue Squadron Service Medals
I’m very pleased to be here today to present National Service Medals and Clasps to eight of your operational members.
I enjoyed this occasion greatly last year and it is my pleasure to return in 2023.
This recognition of long service is made particularly special because you – alongside your fellow squadron members - are volunteers.
Congratulations on reaching your respective milestones today.
With close to 60,000 boats registered in our state, the SA Water Police has a considerable task to assist boaters when they run into trouble, and for more than 40 years, this squadron has provided valued support.
I understand the number of boaters, and therefore the number of incidents, continues to increase, and I thank you for working hard to keep up with demand.
No doubt there is a sense of satisfaction in going to the aid of people in difficult situations, and I expect they are very grateful for your assistance.
The training you give to boaties in seamanship and radio communications is also much appreciated.
The past 12 months have been a busy time for the squadron, with important upgrades taking place to your Operations Centre.
I trust you are enjoying your new working environment with its state-of-the-art communications system, and that the new solar power and battery system will help with costs while supporting the environment.
I’m sure the new Marine Safety sign, offering the public up to date weather and tide information, is appreciated by boaters as well.
I thank our medal recipients, as well as all squadron members, for your dedication to serving the boating public and helping to build a strong, safe community.
I also thank your families and friends for providing support and understanding when you must sometimes keep late hours and dash off at a moment’s notice to a rescue.
Congratulations once again to our medallists, and I thank the squadron for its dedication to keeping our community safe on the water.