Surf Life Saving Queensland receive $36 million funding commitment
A $30 million Queensland Government election commitment to support Surf Life Saving Queensland has been confirmed along with an additional $6 million provided from the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport for infrastructure projects such as surf club upgrades, relocations and repairs.
Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan advised that the organisation would receive the funding over four years.
Minister Ryan noted “Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) has had a long and proud history in Queensland, keeping beachgoers safe for more than 90 years.
“They not only provide lifesaving services and surf sports, they are also instrumental in building awareness and community capability through public safety education, commercial training and fundraising.
“The state government recognises the vital community service SLSQ provides and this funding ensures they can continue their incredible work.
“The 34,000 dedicated and hardworking volunteers donate their time and watch over millions of local, interstate and international visitors who flock to our beaches each year.
“Our 57 Surf Life Saving Clubs deserve to be supported with equipment and infrastructure that helps them do their job.
“By working together, we can help SLSQ achieve their vision of zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters.”
Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Surf Life Saving Queensland was one of the state’s largest volunteer-based community organisations adding “many clubs are the hub of their coastal communities.
“We know better facilities and equipment attract new members including an increase in the number of girls joining up to take their place on the team and play important role in keeping Queensland beaches safe.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) will manage the service agreement aligned to this funding.
QFES Commissioner Greg Leach said surf life savers were an integral part of emergency response on beaches explaining “Surf life savers are the bridge between the public and emergency services and when emergencies occur their actions saves lives.
“Like many of our QFES volunteers, surf life savers show courage and resilience when faced with challenging and often dangerous situations.
“It is through their vigilance that we can feel safe while visiting and enjoying our incredible Queensland beaches.”
Image: Surf Life Saving Queensland Nobbys Beach
20th February 2021 - Prime Minister Morrison pledges extra funds for Surf Life Saving across Australia
1st February 2021 - Victoria’s Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club opens its new facility
25th January 2021 - Surf Life Saving Australia warns drowning deaths more likely on public holidays
30th November 2020 - Forster Surf Life Saving Club secures $2 million grant for upgrades
12th November 2020 - Surf Life Saving Australia launches new volunteer recruitment campaign
4th December 2019 - Surf Life Saving Queensland receives funding boost for surf safety
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