Putting the Lake Hume coast guard on the map

PEOPLE can trade in their sea legs to walk on dry land at Lake Hume Australian Volunteer Coast Guard’s open day this weekend.

Information will be available for people wanting to join the volunteer organisation and receive information on boating.

Commanding officer Eric Adams said the coast guard seemed to be an organisation that had been forgotten.

“Everyone used to know who we were but then people seemed to lose interest when the drought came,” he said.

“Now it’s a matter of getting it back on its feet.”

Coast guard volunteer Peter Liccioni said they were the first to respond to issues at the lake.

“The idea is to assist the boating public in times of need like search and rescues and mechanical breakdowns,” he said.

The coast guard is a not-for-profit organisation and relies on community support.

The day will feature rides, raffles, CFA truck and coast guard boat displays and a number of food and drink stalls.

It will be held tomorrow from 10am to 4pm at the Lake Hume Australian Volunteer Coast Guard site on the corner on Maher Road and Murray Valley Highway at Bonegilla.