SURF lifesaving clubs in Trigg and Scarborough are set to receive a $5000 funding boost.
Trigg Island and Scarborough surf life saving clubs are among more than 300 Australian clubs that will share in an additional $3 million of Federal Government funding for lifesaving and water safety organisations.
A large part of the funding will go the Beach Equipment Program for the purchase of new rescue equipment, first aid and medical supplies.
Trigg Island president Shane Bowbridge said the club had more than 1000 members aged from six to 80 who were provided with training in rescue, resuscitation, first aid and surf awareness.
“Last year we performed 116 rescues and provided first aid assistance and advice to the public on over 1800 occasions,” he said.
“This financial assistance is paramount to maintaining our services and will assist in purchasing rescue, resuscitation and training equipment for our club.”
Stirling MHR Michael Keenan said the two clubs’ work was vital to community safety.
“Stirling has an array of beautiful beaches and at this time of the year they are filled with families, tourists and surfers,’” he said.
“It’s essential that our local surf lifesaving clubs and its members are equipped with the necessary resources to reduce the risk of drowning and save lives.”