Hinkler surf clubs get early Christmas gift

Monday, 8 December 2014

Surf Lifesaving Clubs in the Hinkler Electorate will receive a funding boost to prevent drownings at local beaches.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt, a former surf lifesaver, said the Australian Government would provide $25,000 to each surf club over the next five years.

“The funding will assist Bundaberg, Elliott Heads and Hervey Bay Surf Lifesaving Clubs to purchase new rescue equipment, first aid and medical supplies so their lifesavers can continue to save lives,” Mr Pitt said.

“Australians love to go to the beach and it will be a key part of most Australians’ plans for this summer.

“Our beautiful beaches are an important attraction for local residents and tourists alike. This new funding will ensure our lifesavers have the equipment they need to keep people safe and prevent a holiday from becoming a tragedy.”

Each of Australia’s 311 Surf Life Saving Clubs will receive the funding over five years from the Australian Government’s $8 million Beach Safety Equipment Fund.

SLSA’s Coastal Drowning Report identified 121 coastal drowning deaths in Australia in 2013.

“Each year, Australia’s dedicated lifesavers perform about 12,000 rescues and 32,000 first aid treatments. The Beach Safety Equipment Fund provides support directly where it is needed most – to support the volunteers surf lifesavers patrolling beaches,” Mr Pitt said.

The Fund is part of the Government’s $15 million package to cut drowning deaths across the nation.

Media contact: Larine Statham 0427 653 814       

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