Northern suburbs surf lifesaving clubs to get Federal Govt boost


Sorrento Surf Life Saving club will receive a $5000 boost from the Federal Government. Picture: Martin Kennealey d468727
Sorrento Surf Life Saving club will receive a $5000 boost from the Federal Government. Picture: Martin Kennealey d468727

NORTHERN suburbs surf lifesaving clubs will receive a $5000 boost from the Federal Government to help reduce drownings and near-deaths.

Yanchep, Alkimos, Quinns-Mindarie, Mullaloo and Sorrento surf lifesaving clubs will receive the funding as part of an additional $3 million the government is providing to clubs and water safety organisations around Australia.

A large part of the funding will go to the beach equipment program, allowing clubs to buy new rescue equipment and first aid and medical supplies.

“Some clubs may use it to invest in new technology such as drones to enable remote monitoring of unpatrolled beaches,” Pearce MHR Christian Porter said.

“As many of us head to the beach at this time of year, water safety is of paramount importance.”

As well as the beach equipment program, the $3 million will go towards Surf Life Saving Australia’s Beach Drowning Black Spot reduction program, Royal Life Saving Society Australia’s River Drowning Black Spot identification program and Swim and Survive lessons for indigenous and disadvantaged children and Austswim’s program to provide accredited swimming and water safety teachers to targeted population groups, including remote, migrant and disadvantaged communities and people with a disability.

“This financial year, the Liberal Government is also providing more than $15 million for ongoing water safety activities by Surf Life Saving Australia, Royal Life Saving Society Australia, Austswim and Laurie Lawrence Swimming Enterprises,” Mr Porter said.

“These activities include awareness raising and education, policy advice, surf lifesaving activities, surf patrols, swimming lessons, and swim teachers’ training and education.”

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