Surf clubs in Fairfax will receive $100,000 over the next five years as part of a plan to reduce drownings, LNP Candidate for Fairfax Ted O’Brien and and Shadow Minister for Sport Luke Hartsuyker announced today.
Speaking outside Mudjimba Surf Club this morning, Mr O’Brien said Coolum Beach, Marcoola, Mudjimba and Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Clubs would each receive $25,000 over five years to assist them to purchase life saving equipment, first aid and medical supplies.
“In an electorate like Fairfax where so many of our residents use the beach for sport and recreation this is funding that will improve safety for all beachgoers.
Mr Hartsuyker said the funding was part of a $15 million investment into Australia’s peak water safety agencies, aimed at reducing drownings across Australia that would see a Coalition government would work with surf life saving, the Royal Life Saving Society and AUSTSWIM to reduce the number of drownings across Australia.
“This is a practical plan that works with water safety experts to reduce the number of drownings on our beaches, waterways and rivers and in pools and bathtubs,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Australians love the water, but sadly five people every week lose their life to drowning.
Mr O’Brien said most drownings were, in some way, avoidable, which was why we must invest in prevention.
“Our policy funds the experts whose work saves lives every day: Australia’s surf life saving clubs, the Royal Life Saving Society and AUSTSWIM.
“A typical surf club spends $3,000 a year on medical supplies like lotions, band-aids and bandages, so these grants will help surf clubs make ends meet.
Mr Hartsuyker said nationally if elected the Coalition would also provide $2 million to expand the successful Beach Drowning Black Spot Reduction programme.
“As currents can be as dangerous as rips, our policy also works with the Royal Life Saving Society to Australia to identify ways of improving water safety on our inland waterways. This includes targeting alcohol consumption, the safe use of watercraft as well as providing practical training on things like water safety and CPR.
“This is a practical policy that will, over time, save many families from heartache.
“The Coalition’s $15 million commitment is part of our Real Solutions Plan to build a stronger Australia and a better future – for all Australians.”