From the Commodore

Our operations are still continuing under our new guide lines and as you can see below we are still be called upon to do quite a number of assists.

I thank all of those active members who continue to make themselves available in these very unusual times and totally understand those who feel they can't paticipate at the moment.

The committee is still regularly meeting by video link up to monitor the latest health advise and keep the wheels of the squadron turning over, we are all looking forward to that day when we can be back to normal

If you have any suggestions, ideas or colourful stories that would be worth including in the `Keeping in Touch` e-mails please forward them to Peter McNamara ( ) who will be helping to pull all this together.

I would urge all of you to keep in regular contact with your fellow active members by phone for a friendly catch up and chat as these are going to be challenging times for all of us

We thank all of you for your ongoing commitment to VMR Bribie

​​Radio Stats



​Log Ons



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​Assist Details

April 21st

  • Location –Tangalooma/no oil / member / tow back to Spinnaker Sound.
  •  Skipper Liz Radajewski ______Radio Operator John Pepper

April 21st

  • Location –Passage area North of the Bridge /aground on sandbank /non- member / tow back to Spinnaker Sound.
  •  Skipper Liz Radajewski ______Radio Operator David Smith.

April 21st

  • Location – Cape Moreton /engine problems  / member / tow back to Banksia Beach.
  •  Skipper Liz Radajewski ______Radio Operator David Smith.

April 22nd 

  • Location –Tangalooma /out of fuel /non- member / tow back to Bellara Boat Ramp.
  •  Skipper Gary Voss.______Radio Operator Murray Dennis

April 25st

  • Location –Near Bongaree Jetty/Vessel dragging its anchor /non- member / return to mooring position.
  •  Skipper Liz Radajewski ______Radio Operator Eric Holiday.

April 25st

  • Location –North of Gallagher’s/engine will not start /non- member / Bongaree Boat Ramp.
  •  Skipper Liz Radajewski ______Radio Operator Stuart Doodds.

April 25st

  • Location –Of Beachmere/electrical problem /non- member / return to Beachmere
  •  Skipper Simon Middap______Radio Operator Peter Morton

April 26st

  • Location –Southpoint/engine problems /non- member / return to Spinnaker Sound.
  •  Skipper Ian Grimes ______Radio Operator Dennis Pfrunder

April 26st

  • Location –In front of the base/thrown cyclinder /non- member / return to base ramp.
  •  Skipper Ian Grimes ______Radio Operator Peta Schrodter

April 28st

  • Location –Near Sutherland Drive /sighting of empty vessel drifting /non- member / attempt to find.
  •  Skipper Liz Radajewski ______Radio Operator John Peeper.

April 30th

  • Location –Whitepatch area/Throttle lever broken /non- member / return to Toorbul
  •  Skipper Gary Voss ______Radio Operator John Boycombe.

April 30th

  • Location –Whitepatch area/Anchor issues /non- member / return to Spinnaker Sound.
  •  Skipper Ian Grimes______Radio Operator Bob Brandis

May 2nd

  • Location –Tangalooma Wrecks/not confident in bringing vessel back in strong winds /member of Coast Guard Caloundra / return to Spinnaker Sound.
  •  Skipper Allan Tranter ______Radio Operator Peter McNamara

May 2nd

  • Location –Woorim Lookout /jet ski motor not working / return to Bongaree Boat Ramp
  •  Skipper Liz Radajewski.______Radio Operator Peter McNamara 

May 3nd

  • Location –Outside Spinnaker Sound/ engine won’t start / return to Spinnaker Sound Marinia 
  •  Skipper Liz Radajewski.______Radio Operator Stuart Dodds.

May 4th

  • Location –Spinnaker Marina to Bridge Area /Water Police Request assistance for lady possibility intoxicated heading to unknown yacht towards Spinnaker / Found Safely o another vessel
  •  SkipperSimon Middap .______Radio Operator John Bodycombe. 

​From the Radio Officer

Maintenance Work on the Radio Tower has started in May and will continue throughout the month.

Scope of the work will include replacing some aerials installing a couple of new aerials in preparation for the new radio system planned for later in the year and relocation of several aerial to improve reception.  

John has been doing some testing with the current aerial configuration to ensure we get maximum coverage and reception. 


​Safety and Maintenance

In the last Keeping in Touch e-mail we you advised that we now have a Vehicle Standards Exemption (Permit) for our new pull-out trailer for Bribe One and Bribie Two. This will enable us to do more regular maintain to B1 and B2 and will save us money and help to extend the working life of our rescue vessels. We are now please to advise you that after a lot of searching we have been able to purchase a second hand tractor that is capable of pulling Bribie One and Bribie Two out of the water to do this more regular cost saving maintenance.

Lead by our maintenance manager Bob Skinner, with the help Russell McLennan, who is a life member and president of VMR Mackay, a cane farmer, and a transport company operator after looking for some time and at several different options we were able to purchase Case 135HP four wheel drive tractor from Mackay. It was inspected and test driven by Russell for us. The tractor has been registered. Ray Borg from Carlisle Tractors was also able to arrange free transport to Bribie Island saving us several thousand dollars in transport costs. Willkie’s on Bribie also helped out with the unloading on the tractor off the back of the semi –trailer it was transported on. It will be put into action very soon as Bribie One is coming up for a service.

On last Tuesday the carpet on the pontoon fender was repaired

B2 had a service and her rubbing strip was reglued where it had come off.

​My Self Isolation Diary

Day 1: I can do this!! Got enough food and wine to last a month!
Day 2: Opening my 8th bottle of wine. I fear wine supplies might not last!
Day 3: Strawberries- some have 210 seeds, some have 235 seeds. Who Knew??
Day 4: 8:00 pm. Removed my Day Pajamas and put on my Night Pajamas
Day 5: Today, I tried to make Hand Sanitizer. It came out as Jello Shots!!
Day 6: I get to take the Garbage out. I’m so excited, I can’t decide what to wear.
Day 7: Laughing way too much at my own jokes!!
Day 8: Went to a new restaurant called “The Kitchen”. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have No clue how this place is still in business.
Day 9: I put liquor bottles in every room. Tonight, I’m getting all dressed up and going bar hopping.
Day 10: Struck up a conversation with a Spider today. Seems nice. He’s a Web Designer.
Day 11: Isolation is hard. I swear my fridge just said, “What the hell do you want now?”
Day 12: I realized why dogs get so excited about something moving outside, going for walks or car rides. I think I just barked at a squirrel.
Day 13: If you keep a glass of wine in each hand, you can’t accidentally touch your face.

​The Next SuperMarket Changes

Shopping has certainly become a different adventure these days   watch the short video below to see what the next step could be as shown here in a Japanese Supermarket.

Getting to Know You

Name   Keith Freeman

  What is your role within VMR?   Restricted Coxswain

How long have you been VMR? 7 years

Why did you join VMR?

            Love the sea and wanted to give something back to the community after I retired

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Camaraderie and being out on the boats helping people

Love a bit of danger too!

What is your most memorable moment so far?

Falling off the pontoon

Tell us something an interesting fact that we may not know about you?

As a kid we had an initiation test to join our club. We had to jump off the house roof blindfolded. You obviously didn't know when you were going to hit the ground so if I hadn't done this I'd be well over 180cm as half my legs are in my body! So I don't want to hear anymore short jokes