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Marine Rescue NSW Lake Macquarie Unit Commander Jim Wright has given the latest upgrade of the base’s access road the “thumbs up”.

And, he believes the $670,000 NSW Government-funded enhancement will allow his volunteers to respond to boating emergencies more rapidly.

Work recently concluded on grading and asphalt-sealing 750m of thoroughfare that connects the local facility to the corner of Wallsend and Waratah streets at Swansea Heads.

Mr Wright was ecstatic with the result.

“It will provide a safer road for our members to attend the Marine Rescue base and carry out their mission of saving lives on the water,” he said.

“It’ll also make the radio headquarters more accessible to the public, which we hope will increase our opportunity to promote safe boating to the community.”

The upgrade was funded by Crown Lands in the Department of Planning and Environment and managed by Lake Macquarie City Council (LMCC).

“The Marine Rescue Search and Rescue Coordination Centre at Swansea Heads, which operates 365 days a year, supports the Lake Macquarie unit which is the busiest in NSW,” Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper said.

“It recorded 465 rescues over the summer boating season.

“This investment in better infrastructure ensures Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie volunteers can get immediate 24/7 access to their operations base in all weather conditions to help save lives.”

Previously, the condition of the gravel and clay road was impacted during heavy rain, hampering safe and efficient access for the members.

Lake Macquarie City deputy mayor Adam Shultz welcomed the news.

“The Marine Rescue Search and Rescue Coordination Centre at Swansea Heads plays a vital role for thousands of people enjoying our lake and coast,” he said.

“It’s wonderful we now have a fit-for-purpose road its volunteers can use to access the site, and visitors can use to enjoy the incredible view.”

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