'From the heart': Marine Rescue's special 10-year tribute

Tribute: Marine Rescue Narooma volunteers, Bega MP Andrew Constance, Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos and Eurobodalla Shire Councillor Jack Tait.

Tribute: Marine Rescue Narooma volunteers, Bega MP Andrew Constance, Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos and Eurobodalla Shire Councillor Jack Tait.

Marine Rescue Narooma celebrated its 10th anniversary and grand opening of a refurbished radio room and memorial garden on Sunday, August 11.

More than 70 members of organisations, services and the community attended the morning gathering.

The garden's semi-circular design represents an "incomplete family".

Flowers in Marine Rescue's colours (white, blue and yellow) were planted with native plants to represent resilience.

Each yellow grevillea was accompanied by a re-purposed silver spoon, engraved with the names of deceased members. A hardwood seat from Narooma Men's Shed is the centrepiece.

Unit administration officer Gillian Kearney said the day was special and meaningful and families of departed members attended.

Family of late Marine Rescue members, Bronwyn Roll and Ronya Young, take a seat in the new memorial garden.

Family of late Marine Rescue members, Bronwyn Roll and Ronya Young, take a seat in the new memorial garden.

"Everyone looked down on the garden and out to sea for one-minute's silence," she said.

"It was very emotional and something we did from the heart."

The "small unit" of 43 volunteers looks forward to the use of the refurbished radio room and storage shed.

"The additional radio console will make communication much easier and more efficient," Ms Kearney said.

"The signal is very clear and we can communicate with other bases.

"The storage shed was also repaired with new roller doors which were previously falling apart."

Bega MP Andrew Constance thanked volunteers for their service and said volunteerism allowed government to direct funding towards infrastructure and facilities.

Commissioner Stacey Tannos said Marine Rescue NSW had helped more than 50,000 people return home safely from their outings.

"In response to calls for assistance, over the past 10 years, volunteers from Marine Rescue had assisted to bring 50,000 people safely back home," he said.

"We look forward to taking on more equipment and improving our capabilities for many years to come."

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