Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club receives funding promise for surf patrol tower


Club director of lifesaving Andrew Morgan and director of education Bruce Westerman. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d465103
Club director of lifesaving Andrew Morgan and director of education Bruce Westerman. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d465103

QUINNS Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club (QMSLSC) has received funding promises for a surf patrol tower from both major parties.

As part of their state election commitments, Deputy Premier Liza Harvey said Liberals would give $250,000 for the tower if re-elected, while Butler MLA John Quigley said Labor would provide $70,000 if it won the March 11 election.

According to the Government statement, QMSLSC had proposed a permanent tower that would be a lightweight structure with a storeroom underneath.

“A new patrol tower would overcome a number of logistical problems the club faces in patrolling this area,” Ms Harvey said.

“When there is an emergency, the new watch tower will also mean ambulances will have direct access to the beach and tower where first aid can be administered.

“That avoids the need to carry bulky and expensive equipment over sand and around dunes.”

The club’s vice-president Neville Hogan said volunteers and Surf Life Saving WA’s paid lifeguards would use the tower to watch over Quinns Beach.

“What we are planning long-term is an observation post,” he said.

“It would be an ideal base for lifeguards on weekdays.”

Mr Hogan said both parties had offered to help fund it and “the City is also on board”.

The club unsuccessfully petitioned for an observation tower in early 2013.

Mr Quigley said the club approached him as patron.

“I have given them a guarantee that if elected, Labor will give them $70,000 for an observation pod.”