Govt grant a boost for Surf Life Saving WA

Rescue helicopter aircrew Cam Coulson and Scott Hardstaff flank SLSWA president Mark Irwin and Premier Colin Barnett.
Rescue helicopter aircrew Cam Coulson and Scott Hardstaff flank SLSWA president Mark Irwin and Premier Colin Barnett.

The $1,356,392 grant will allow SLSWA to build a new helicopter facility, an upgrade from sea containers and demountable offices being used at the moment.

Mr Barnett said the new facility would provide both an improved long-term shelter for the helicopter but also a new communications tower and operating base for SurfCom, SLSWA’s communications and emergency response hub.

‘Both SurfCom and Surf Life Saving WA’s Aviation Services play a vital role in managing coastal safety in Western Australia and are an integral part of the State’s emergency management strategy,’ he said.

‘This will give Surf Life Saving WA a solid base from where it can better deploy its emergency services, improving response times.’