Surf safety funding boost this summer

Published:

Surf Life Saving Qld

The Palaszczuk Government has boosted funding for surf safety ahead of the busy summer school holiday period.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was on the Gold Coast this morning to announce an extra $150,000 in funding for Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) to supply equipment and deliver training and awareness programs.

The extra funding is on top of the three-year $17 million funding package already provided by the Palaszczuk Government to the organisation to keep Queenslanders safe.  

“With the start of summer and the school holidays just around the corner, we can’t thank Surf Life Saving Queensland and its volunteers enough for patrolling our beaches,” the Premier said.

“For more than a century, surf lifesavers have played a vital role in our state, protecting millions of beachgoers and saving thousands of lives.

“We should never take for granted that we and our visiting tourists enjoy our beaches under the eye of trained volunteers who give their time to help others.”

SLSQ CEO Dave Whimpey said volunteer surf lifesavers and professional lifeguards combined to watch over and protect more than 21 million beachgoers last year.

“The lives of 3,894 beachgoers were saved through in-water rescues in 2018/19 alone, representing a 35 per cent increase compared to the previous year,” Mr Whimpey said.

“Our lifesavers and lifeguards also treated 65,133 injured people through first aid treatments, up 85 per cent.

“This week’s warm weather and that forecast over the coming months will no doubt result in big crowds flocking to our beaches. We’re extremely grateful to the Palaszczuk Government for this vital funding boost ahead of what is going to be a busy summer.”

Other Palaszczuk Government funded surf safety initiatives:

  • $102,000 to fund the SLSQ program On The Same Wave, which offers critical surf safety skills and awareness in 25+ languages for international migrants, tourists, refugees and other people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. SLSQ has directly engaged with 299,872 multicultural beachgoers over the past five years.
  • In partnership with Westpac, 12 Lifesaver Rescue Drones have been introduced from Cairns to North Stradbroke Island to monitor conditions and swimmers.

SLSQ is urging all beachgoers to remember their advice:

  • Always swim at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags
  • Never swim at night or after designated patrol hours
  • Surf, swim, or paddle with a buddy and keep a close eye on each other
  • Don’t drink and swim
  • Actively supervise children in and around the water
  • Obtain regular medical check-ups if you are a beachgoer aged 50+

Surf Life Saving Queensland is one of the state’s largest volunteer-based community service organisations.


Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

 

 
Community Law & Safety Political Queensland Government Water Sports and Marine Activities
Social:   

Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade :
PO Box 15185, City East, Queensland 4002, Queensland Wide
07 3224 4500
Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Cabinet's first meeting to be on the Sunshine Coast 13 November 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government’s first Cabinet meeting of the new term will be held in Caloundra next Monday, November 16th. More information...
Restrictions ease 13 November 2020 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a further easing of restrictions as Queensland continues its recovery from the pandemic. More information...
New aerospace facility to boost jobs on the Sunshine Coast 16 November 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government will partner with a Sunshine Coast aerospace company to deliver a large-scale, state-of-the-art aircraft manufacturing and modification facility at Caloundra. More information...
Queenslanders now able to access Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment 23 October 2020 | Queenslanders who are self isolating or in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic can now access support with a $1500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. More information...
Queensland’s economic recovery plan wins Federal support 05 October 2020 | Major road and transport projects being delivered by the Palaszczuk Government are set to be boosted by federal funding. More information...
Queensland to assemble Boeing’s first Australian-developed unmanned aircraft 05 October 2020 | Queensland is poised to take another bold step in aerospace and advanced manufacturing with an historic opportunity to be the final production home for unmanned defence aircraft – the first military aircraft to... More information...
State partners with world-class med tech company to create Qld jobs 04 October 2020 | A Queensland medical technology company will manufacture its globally renowned needle-free vaccine technology at a new facility in Northshore Hamilton, creating up to 139 new jobs over 10 years thanks to the... More information...
Keeping Queensland's future COVID safe 02 October 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government has launched a clear plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions during October, November and December. More information...
Candles lit in memory of fallen officers 28 September 2020 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Police Mark Ryan joined Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll to honour and remember fallen officers of the Queensland Police Service at a candlelight vigil in Bris... More information...
$52m Bob Atkinson Operational Capabilities Centre officially opens 28 September 2020 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services, the Honourable Mark Ryan MP, and Commissioner Katarina Carroll have today officially opened the new Bob Atkinson Operational... More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service