Sunday 7 December 2014
Gold Coast Surf Lifesaving Clubs will receive a funding boost to prevent drownings at local beaches.
The Member for Moncrieff, Steven Ciobo, said the Australian Government would provide $25,000 to each of the Gold Coast’s surf clubs over the next five years.
“The funding will assist local clubs to purchase new rescue equipment, first aid and medical supplies so our life savers can continue to save lives,” he 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 life savers 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.