Lifesaving clubs in Pearce to get a boost

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Lifesaving clubs in Pearce will each receive a $5000 boost from the Liberal Government to help reduce drownings and near-deaths.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said that this initiative is part of an additional $3 million the Liberal Government is providing to lifesaving clubs and other water safety organisations around Australia.

“With three surf lifesaving clubs in the northern coastal suburbs of Pearce, this funding is a very welcome boost,” Mr Porter said.

“As many of us head to the beach at this time of year, water safety is of paramount importance.”

A large part of the funding will go to the Government’s beach equipment program, to assist the approximately 310 surf lifesaving clubs around Australia.

Mr Porter said that this will enable the clubs to buy new rescue equipment, as well as first aid and medical supplies

“Some clubs may use it to invest in new technology such as drones to enable remote monitoring of unpatrolled beaches,” he said.

The five year Reduce Drownings initiative began in 2013-14. It provided a funding boost of $15 million in total to Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), surf lifesaving clubs across Australia, the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA) and AUSTSWIM for their water safety programs.

The additional funding for 2018-19 will go towards the same programs. As well as the beach equipment program, it will boost:

  • SLSA’s Beach Drowning Black Spot reduction program to tackle the incidence of drowning in identified high risk areas;

  • RLSSA’s River Drowning Black Spot identification program and Swim and Survive lessons for children, especially Indigenous and disadvantaged children;

  • AUSTSWIM’s program to provide accredited swimming and water safety teachers to targeted population groups, including remote, migrant and disadvantaged communities, and people with a disability.

The extension of Reduce Drownings will make our coastal and inland water less risky for all Australians.

“This financial year, the Liberal Government is also providing more than $15 million for ongoing water safety activities by SLSA, RLSSA, AUSTSWIM and Laurie Lawrence Swimming Enterprises,” said Mr Porter.

“These activities include awareness raising and education, policy advice, surf lifesaving activities, surf patrols, swimming lessons, and swim teachers’ training and education.”