Rainbow Beach lifesavers Shane Handy and Greg Dodt pilot the IRB out thorugh the surf Sunday afternoon. Photo Craig Warhurst / The Gympie Times
Rainbow Beach lifesavers Shane Handy and Greg Dodt pilot the IRB out thorugh the surf Sunday afternoon. Photo Craig Warhurst / The Gympie Times Craig Warhurst

Surf life-saving club gets $5000 boost

THE HERVEY Bay surf life-saving club will receive $5000 to improve safety equipment and better-prevent drownings this summer as part of the latest round of Beach Safety Equipment Fund.

Minister for Sport Sussan Ley said the Government was providing $8 million over five years to the nation's 311 surf lifesaving clubs to help prevent drowning deaths at our beaches.

"Under this Fund about $25,000 over five years is being provided to every Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) club, so they can purchase essential rescue equipment, first aid and medical supplies," Ms Ley said.

Life-saving clubs are using the funds to buy defibrillators, rescue tubes and two way radios.

"A recent National Coastal Safety Report found four-in-ten coastal drowning deaths occurred more than five kilometres from a surf lifesaving club, and that three-quarters of people quizzed could not identify a hazardous rip current," she said,

"The Australian Water Safety Council has an aspirational goal to reduce drowning deaths by 50 per cent by the year 2020; it's something the Government supports and I believe everyone can do their bit."



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