Coast guard on track to update
By SALLY GORDON
IT will be full steam ahead for the Iluka-Yamba Coast Guard, following a raffle ticket fundraiser which this year raised almost $16,000.
Lismore man Tim Seed won the prize, a 3.9 Stacer tinnie with a 20-horsepower Yamaha motor, drawn over the Easter weekend.
Mr Seed was one of thousands who helped the coast guard reach its fundraising target.
Coast guard fundraising officer Neil Gray said the response to this year's raffle had been excellent.
Mr Gray said money would go towards the general running of the coast guard, with some earmarked for technology.
Mr Gray said the Iluka-Yamba Coast Guard was considering purchasing a computerised ship tracking system.
The system is part of a State-
wide movement for NSW Coast Guard flotillas.
"We're moving into a computerised system to track vessels travelling up and down the coast," Mr Gray said.
"We also use it to track vessels coming in and out of the Clarence."
The flotilla may spend $5000 on new computer equipment.