Yamba Welding and Engineering managing director Bill Collingburn and Queensland Water Police marine technical supervisor Owen F
Yamba Welding and Engineering managing director Bill Collingburn and Queensland Water Police marine technical supervisor Owen F

Manufacturer buoyant

By Adrian Miller

As the 'war on terror' starts to heat up in Australia, one Yamba company is finding itself in the thick of the action.

Yamba Welding and Engineering has just recently refitted a patrol boat for the Queensland Water Police which will be used by the police to patrol the waters around Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

It's just one of the boats the Yamba company has prepared for the water police. The company has built boats for the Western Aust- ralia, Northern Territory and Queensland governments.

Yamba Welding and Engineering owner Bill Collingburn said the company's success was down to its quality of work.

"We're a quality-assured company. Not all of those companies have got that in the marine industry," he said.

"It means that what the customer ends up with is exactly what he asked for, so we're fairly successful that way."

The success is due to continue as the company has secured contracts to provide boats for government departments for the next 10 months at least.

Mr Collingburn said it was a great result for the Yamba company.

"We're pretty happy with our progress, we've been in Yamba building boats for 31 years and this is the busiest we've ever been," he said.

Queensland Water Police senior sergeant Owen Finlay said police were extremely happy with the company's work.

"We've had a number of vessels built by that company and we are very impressed with the quality."



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