DEAL: Yamba Welding and Engineering managing director Bill Collingburn, Marine Rescue NSW deputy commissioner Dean Storey and Marine Rescue NSW commissioner Stacey Tannos in one of the new boats.
DEAL: Yamba Welding and Engineering managing director Bill Collingburn, Marine Rescue NSW deputy commissioner Dean Storey and Marine Rescue NSW commissioner Stacey Tannos in one of the new boats.

$3m boost for Yamba economy

A $3 MILLION contract to manufacture boats for Marine Rescue NSW will see an injection of wages into the Yamba economy over the next 14 months.

Yamba Welding and Engineering managing director Bill Collingburn said the contract would enable him to add to his already 18-strong staff.

"It's refreshing to see the support for regional NSW," he said.

"This has enabled us to put on more workers and support more local sub-contractors."

The contract will allow 10 new Marine Rescue NSW boats to be constructed at Yamba Welding and Engineering.

Of those, seven will be rigid inflatable boats known as Naiad's and the other three will be ocean cylinder boats.

Marine Rescue NSW commissioner Stacey Tannos said the vessels would be distributed to units throughout Australia.

"Using the latest technology and this sort of equipment provides a safer working environment for our volunteers," he said.

Yamba Welding and Engineering has previously built eight boats for Marine Rescue NSW.

"In 2011 we signed our first contract with Yamba Welding and Engineering. That was for our boat based at Wooli," Commissioner Tannos said.

"That sort of led the way to where we are today with this most recent contract," he said.

"The workmanship that goes into the vessels is A1 quality."

Mr Collingburn put his internationally quality-assured company's success down to one simple sentence.

"We're bloody good."

The contract was funded through a mixture of a state government grant, profits from a levy introduced on boat licences, and funds raised locally by Marine Rescue NSW units.

"In the last 12 months, there were 9000 notifiable incidents across the state where there was threat to life or property," Commissioner Tannos said.



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