Lions Club golf event supports Coastguard

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A new setup is planned for Nelson Coastguard’s incident management team after $2600 of funding was donated from Nelson Host Lions Club this afternoon.

Coastguard Nelson President, Graeme Richards, says the incident management team often have to deal with radio noise in the operations room which doesn’t make it ideal. He says giving them their own space in the main room is a better way to utilise the facility.

“We will purchase a new Large LCD screen to run Track Plus software which allows us to see where the rescue vessels are. We’re also going to buy some new whiteboards for them”

The money was raised through a charity golf tournament organised by the Lions Club last year. Nelson Host Lions Club member and convener of the golf tournament, John McKenzie, says 20 teams of four competed in the one day event.

“Last year was the first year we cut the tournament to one day from two. It was also the first time we did out own sponsorship. We always have a different recipient each year. We just do a heap of brainstorming to decide who gets the funding.”

Incoming Lions Club president, Tracy Henderson, says the club is already planning this year’s golf tournament which will be held on November 1.

“If anybody would like to sponsor a team next year we would love for them to get in touch.”

Graeme says with all the bad weather lately most people have stayed at home so they haven’t had too many incidents.

“Everybody was too bright and stayed home. It is sudden storms that catch people out, people don’t go out when they know storms are coming. Boaties are generally getting more clued up. It’s things like flat batteries that still get people.”