Top-notch boaties vie for NSW Maritime Medal

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Nominations are open for the NSW Maritime Medal, recognising the outstanding contributions that individuals and organisations have made to the boating and maritime community.

Director of the Centre for Maritime Safety, Neil Patchett, said there are countless examples of people helping their communities to use our waterways safely and is encouraging nominations.

“This award recognises those in the maritime community who go above and beyond to make waterways safer for everyone, take care of the maritime environment in addition to supporting and mentoring members of their community,” Mr Patchett said.

Anyone can nominate a person or organisation for the NSW Maritime Medal in one of two award categories:  

  • The Safety Medal is directed at a person or group who performs an outstanding and sustained effort that promotes safety for the boating and/ or maritime community of NSW.
  • The Community Medal is directed at a person or group who performs an outstanding and sustained effort that benefits the general boating and/ or maritime community of NSW.

Nominations for the biennial awards close on Monday 10 June and will be shortlisted and reviewed by a panel of judges from the Maritime Advisory Council. Winners will be announced at the Sydney International Boat Show on Friday 2 August.

In 2017, the Maritime Safety Medal was awarded to Shoalhaven local, Chris Mitchell, for his contributions to Maritime Safety over the last 20 years.

Mr Mitchell’s design of an accessible sailing boat allows people of all abilities to enjoy sailing, whether for recreation or competition. His design has been used in 32 countries and so far almost 3000 vessels have been produced.

Nominate a person or organisation in your community: https://maritimemanagement.transport.nsw.gov.au/partners/nsw-maritime-medal/nomination-form.html