When duty calls . . . Linda Jones is the public face of the Coffs Harbour Coastal Patrol.
When duty calls . . . Linda Jones is the public face of the Coffs Harbour Coastal Patrol.

Coffs Coastal Patrol boss lost for words

By CRAIG McTEAR

LINDA Jones loves the Coffs Harbour Coastal Patrol, but despite the countless hours she puts in, she's never been a glory seeker.

The divisional commander is a deserving recipient of the highest honour in coastal patrol circles ?the OC's (Officer Commanding) Award.

It comes from Harry Taylor, the top dog in the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol in NSW, and recognises Linda's outstanding contribution to the Coffs Harbour operation.

"I was gobsmacked when I was told I was getting this year's award," Linda said.

"I didn't expect it. I was at a loss for words.

"I guess it's recognition of the time I put in, but it's not just me. It's recognition for what the Coffs Harbour division has done."

She joined up in Coffs Harbour in 1999 and was promoted to divisional commander in November, 2004.

Since she's been at the helm, she's overseen the establishment of a new headquarters atop Beacon Hill, a big increase in membership, an increased community awareness of the coastal patrol through a public relations blitz, and successful fundraising drives.

The coastal patrol was also on show last year when it hosted the State conference.

"I'm proud we've achieved something really remarkable with our new base. We work together as a team, and there's tremendous comradeship," Linda said.

"We also organise social functions to bring people together."

Linda always has something up her sleeve to further boost the patrol's work ? her latest project is to raise money to replace their existing rescue vessel.



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