News

Kevin’s final warning

WATCH IS OVER: Ballina Marine Rescue volunteer Kevin Thompson has finished tower duties after 23 years.
WATCH IS OVER: Ballina Marine Rescue volunteer Kevin Thompson has finished tower duties after 23 years. Graham Broadhead

KEVIN Thompson has looked out to sea from the Marine Rescue tower at North Wall in Ballina for 23 years.

And what did he see?

He saw some "bloody stupid" acts from boaties trying to cross the dangerous bar.

Kevin, 85, has now stood down from tower duties, but will stay on with the volunteer rescue organisation in a training capacity. He has served as the unit's search and rescue officer.

Kevin joined the Ballina Marine Rescue unit after retiring to Ballina.

He had served in the Royal Australian Navy for 12 years from 1945 to 1957.

He was a "greenie" in the navy - which is the nickname given to electricians.

After discharge, he worked at Sydney's Prospect County Council before moving to Ballina when he retired.

He urged boaties to have the utmost respect for the water.

"There's the old saying: If in doubt, don't go out," he said about the bar.

Meanwhile, at the launch last week of the BoatSmart safety program for NSW school students, State Member for Ballina and Minister for the North Coast, Don Page, said the Ballina bar in particular was one of the more dangerous in the State.

He said dredging had begun on some bars in NSW.

"Bars haven't been dredged in NSW for 30 to 40 years," he said.

"It's important we get navigable channels safe and deep as they used to be.

"We see more of our bars becoming more and more dangerous all the time."


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

A splash of cash for community

CASH AVAILABLE: At the launch of the ETC community fund's grants are (from left) ETC chair Rod McKelvey and previous recipients from the House With No Steps, local initiatives co-ordinator Tori Smith and area manager Tina Purdon.

$120,000 up for grabs for community groups

Rainbow club shines at Gold Coast regatta

Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club at the Gold Coast's Broadwater regatta.

Teams battled it out in blistering heat

FORECAST: Perfect storm for a lazy weekend

Rain is on the way on the Northern Rivers.

Much needed heat relief expected to continue

Local Partners

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

DARIUS McCrary, who played Eddie Winslow on the ’90s sitcom Family Matters, has been accused of holding his infant daughter over a pot of boiling water.

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

Justin Hodges is gearing up for his new gig on Fox League.

Footy star hopes to provide a voice for players on new NRL channel

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!