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VMR Base at Burnett Heads
VMR Base at Burnett Heads
Our base is located at Burnett Heads, adjacent the mouth of the Burnett River and two nautical miles downstream of Port Bundaberg. Adjoining VMR Squadrons are Round Hill (VMR477) to the North and Hervey Bay (VMR466) to the South.

As indicated, our area of responsibility is from Baffle Creek in the North, to the Burrum River in the South, a total of 55 nautical miles of coastline. The Northern boundary extends 50 nautical miles seaward to Lady Musgrave Is and Southward to Indian Head on the Eastern side of Fraser Is, a total of 4,000 square nautical miles, all of which are designated Open Waters.

Built in 1985 with the assistance of CEDP and community funding, our two storey base has direct water access for the rescue vessel’s launch cradle and a small, floating pontoon jetty. An external fuel storage and dispensing installation adjoins the cradle ramp.

The lower level houses the cradle mounted, offshore rescue vessel and launch equipment and garages for the trailer mounted, inshore rescue vessel and towing vehicle. Other rooms are used for storage, while a small workshop contains mechanical training aids. The Radio Room, Training Room and staff amenities are all located upstairs. Rooftop mounted radio aerials and an adjoining Maritime Safety Queensland installation provide the essential communications links.

Area of Operations
Area of Operations