Surf life saving boost

SUPPORT: Surf Life Saving Clubs across the state, including Whyalla, will benefit from $5000 in state funding each year over the next four years. Credit: Surf Life Saving SA.
SUPPORT: Surf Life Saving Clubs across the state, including Whyalla, will benefit from $5000 in state funding each year over the next four years. Credit: Surf Life Saving SA.

Surf Life Saving Clubs across the state, including Whyalla's very own, will benefit from $5000 a year over the next four years under a $420,000 investment by the state government.

The funding was an election commitment by the Marshall Liberal Government and is aimed at further strengthening the safety of the state's coastline while also encouraging an active lifestyle for thousands of South Australians.

The injection will go towards equipment such as such as inflatable rescue boats, rescue boards, rescue tubes, and first aid supplies, significantly easing financial pressure on SLSSA clubs.

Whyalla SLSC Treasurer Phil Zubrinich said their first $5000 would be used to purchase a new trailer which will be used to transport rescue equipment from their headquarters to the foreshore.

"It will help us safely get our equipment down to the beach. That makes it easier to get our boards and rescue boat down to the beach," he said.

"If there's an emergency at Point Lowly we can put all of our equipment on a trailer, hook it up and go."

Recreation Minister Corey Wingard said the state government appreciated the hard work of all the Surf Life Saving Clubs around South Australia.

"That's why we're providing this funding to make sure our surf lifesavers are fully equipped to safely carry out the functions of their job," he said.

SLSSA President John Barker said the funding would further enable more than 2500 patrolling volunteer surf lifesavers to help save lives.

"As a volunteer movement, our clubs often rely on fundraising to help fund new equipment. This investment will ensure that each club has up to date and appropriate equipment to deliver the best service to the community," he said.

The delivery of this election commitment follows the introduction of drones into the artillery of Surf Life Saving SA's emergency response capabilities in late 2018