18 January 2018
Gold Coast surf life saving clubs will each receive a $5000 boost from the Turnbull Coalition Government to help reduce drownings and near-deaths.
It’s part of an additional $3 million the Turnbull Government is providing to life saving clubs and other water safety organisations around Australia.
Local MP and Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo said the funding will make Gold Coast beaches safer for locals and tourists.
“Our 22 life saving clubs are doing a fantastic job at keeping Gold Coasters safe, and I am glad we can provide them with another year of substantial financial support,” Mr Ciobo said.
“Nearly 300 people drowned last year in Australian waterways – that’s 300 too many.
“This funding will enable the clubs to buy new rescue equipment, as well as 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.”
The five year Reduce Drownings initiative began in 2013-14. It provided a funding boost of $15 million in total to Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), surf life saving clubs across Australia, the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA) and AUSTSWIM for their water safety programs.
The additional funding for 2018-19 will go towards the same programs. As well as the beach equipment program, it will boost:
• SLSA’s Beach Drowning Black Spot reduction program to tackle the incidence of drowning in identified high risk areas;
• RLSSA’s River Drowning Black Spot identification program and Swim and Survive lessons for children, especially Indigenous and disadvantaged children;
• 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.
The extension of Reduce Drownings will make our coastal and inland water less risky for all Australians.
“This financial year, the Turnbull Government is also providing more than $15 million for ongoing water safety activities by SLSA, RLSSA, AUSTSWIM and Laurie Lawrence Swimming Enterprises,” Mr Ciobo said.
“These activities include awareness raising and education, policy advice, surf lifesaving activities, surf patrols, swimming lessons, and swim teachers’ training and education.”