John Madill goes sand mining at Gympie Pines.
John Madill goes sand mining at Gympie Pines. Julie Hartwig

Great golf helps coast guard

THE Tin Can Bay Coast Guard is delighted with the response from both players and sponsors at this year's annual Charity Golf Day held last Sunday at Gympie Pines.

More than 100 players turned out for the three-person ambrose event which raised nearly $6500 for the cash-strapped volunteer organisation.

It costs $150,000 a year to run the local Tin Can Bay Coast Guard base of which the government contributed just $20,000.

It's left up to coastguard volunteers to raise the balance of the running costs which came mainly from raffles, traffic hold-ups and donations.

Coast guard commander Harley Moss paid special tribute to the day's sponsors, particularly because sponsorship money was difficult to obtain.

"We simply couldn't operate without their generous support during a period when the local economy is struggling," he said.

"If these businesses, many of which are small single-person operations, didn't step up to the mark, then we would almost certainly have to limit the scope of our operations.

"And of course that could result in the scaling back of our rescue service putting boaties lives at risk."

Winners on the day were Karen Mills, Doug Westlake and Daniel Mills with 55 nett who won on a countback from John Madill, Paul Atkinson and Derek Connelly.

NTP: Graeme Major, Anthony McPhee, Derek Connelly, Rex Lohse, Eric King and Ian McPherson. Mr Moss said planning was already underway for next year's event.

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