Safety on the water is top priority for the Maroochy Sailing Club and that prerogative remains firmly afloat thanks to Sunshine Coast Council.
Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said he recently granted the club $1500 towards the purchase of a new outboard motor for one of its safety rescue boats.
“The money for this new motor was provided to the club from Mayoral and Councillor Discretionary Funding 2014-15,” he said.
“The Maroochy Sailing Club has been operating for more than 50 years and includes members from six years of age to 78 years of age and it is one of the few remaining volunteer-operated sailing clubs.
“For the past 17 years the club had to carefully manage an outboard motor on one of its safety rescue boats but it got to a stage recently where the motor needed more than $1000 of rebuilding just to keep it running.
“So it’s an absolute pleasure to grant the club $1500 towards a new outboard motor that will allow them to continue to safely teach kids and adults the skills and thrills of sailing for many more years to come!”
Maroochy Sailing Club Commodore, Gard Saunders said the new motor helped the club maintain its high safety standards.
“We always have a support (rescue) motor boat alongside all children’s sailing and this new outboard motor ensures we have equipment that is reliable at a moment’s notice,” he said.
“Due to our increasing member numbers, the club recently bought an additional support boat and a new motor for another of our safety rescue boats. We also had to undertake $30,000 in repairs and refurbishments to our clubhouse and canteen after the 2011 floods so this assistance from council was much needed!
“Maroochy Sailing Club is growing in popularity with young people and children and our membership has nearly doubled over the past three years.
“Safety is the number one priority for all of our members and thanks to this generous grant from Cr O’Pray we can now ensure our high standards are maintained.”