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Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club has secured a share of $8 million of additional funding over five years to buy vital life saving and first aid equipment.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren CHESTER said the Coalition Government was proud to support Australia’s 311 surf life saving clubs through the Beach Safety Equipment Fund.

“Our surf life saving clubs, including Seaspray, are sustained by the energy and commitment of their volunteers,” Mr CHESTER said. “They safeguard many thousands of people who visit our beautiful beaches every year.”

“I am proud to support our local volunteers by helping them to buy what they need to save lives such as inflatable rescue boats, rescue boards, defibrillators and oxygen resuscitators. All of the clubs are eligible to receive around $5000 from the fund each year.”

Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club’s director of facilities and equipment Duncan McLinden said the club had purchased two rescue boards and a defibrillator. “Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club strives to be rescue-ready at all times and to provide a safe beach environment to visitors at Seaspray surf beach,” Mr McLinden said.

“The boards are subject to constant wear and tear, so we need to replace them regularly to ensure they are in top condition to undertake rescues as quickly as possible. The old boards are used for training our lifesavers.

“We have also bought a fourth defibrillator, which means it can be taken on mobile patrols up the beach and it is quickly to hand if it’s needed.”

Surf Life Saving Australia President Graham Ford said there were around 100 million individual visits to Australia’s beaches each year and surf lifesavers saved around 600 lives a year.

“Surf lifesavers look after the safety and welfare of all visitors to our beaches. Each year they perform approximately 13,000 rescues and 57,000 first aid treatments,” Mr Ford said.

“The Beach Safety Equipment Fund enables our clubs to buy vital lifesaving and first aid equipment that is an integral part of ensuring we can continue this service.”

 

Media contacts:  Mr Chester’s office -  Jo Crawford-Wynd  P: (03) 5144 6744 

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