The Vanessa G –
– the project completed – a great partnership.
The dinghy was on show during the 2019 My State Wooden Boat Festival. It was named by Hon Will Hodgman MP, Premier of Tasmania, at the Festival opening on Parliament House lawns on 8 February.
On Sunday 10 February it was sold at auction.
This slide show illustrates some of the steps in the restoration . Initial inspections were completed at one of our member’s home but for much of its restoration time the dinghy was at Risdon Prison. Our sea trial took place on the Derwent River at at Kangaroo Bay
We were excited about this project in which we are partnering with the Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF)and the Department of Justice (Risdon Prison). Prisoners helped to rebuild a donated wooden boat that was named in honour of past member Dr Vanessa Goodwin. The boat was auctioned at the AWBF and the profit will be put to rehabilitation programs to which Vanessa was strongly committed.
Obtaining the donated dinghy was the first step in a collaboration between the Australian Wooden Boat Festival , the Department of Justice and the Rotary Club of Howrah.
It was transported to the prison at Risdon and inmates were trained in the skills required to return the craft to its former glory.
As well as providing opportunities for rehabilitation and future employment for prisoners, the boat was displayed and auctioned at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival on 10 February 2019, and the proceeds will then provide the next maritime project for this new partnership.
And the boat’s name -? The Vanessa G.
The late Attorney-General, Vanessa Goodwin, was a past president of the Rotary Club of Howrah.
Have a listen to Tim and Glen explain their plan and to find out how you can help.
(Source ABC Hobart)
Thanks to our sponsors
My State Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival Committee
Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STTAS)
Department of Justice – Risdon Prison
Brierley Hose and Handling – Derwent Park
Fiberglass Shop – Hobart
Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania – Franklin
Graham Rankin, Cradoc
Noel Richardson, Cambridge
Mike Johnson, New Town
The Family of the late Vanessa Goodwin
Robert Archer and Family