Eastern Beaches Liberal candidates have welcomed the commitment by the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government to inject $23 million in to Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW), the biggest investment in the organisation in its 116-year history.
Candidate for Coogee Dr Kylie von Muenster and Vaucluse Kellie Sloane said the funding will significantly enhance SLSNSW’s capability with new rescue vehicles, jet skis and more.
“The volunteer lifesavers across the Eastern Beaches do an incredible job keeping our community safe and that’s why investments like this are so important,” Dr von Muenster said.
Ms Sloane said, “It’s only from the Perrottet Liberal Team’s strong economic record and plan for the future that such vital funding can be delivered to our lifesavers. They play a vital role in the community and we support them completely.”
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke said the funding commitment for SLSNSW comes at a critical time.
“This summer is not over yet but we’ve already experienced record numbers of rescues and sadly drownings. This extra funding will go a long way towards ensuring our volunteers are better supported to keep our communities safer and stronger,” Ms Cooke said.
SLSNSW President George Shales said an investment in lifesavers is an investment in community safety.
“I welcome today’s announcement, which is a significant increase on previous NSW Government support for our thousands of volunteers and staff. Every single dollar will make a difference to the equipment and resources our volunteers rely on, helping us to save more lives,” Mr Shales said.
The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s $23 million funding commitment consists of:
- 22 new rescue vehicles and 68 new jet skis, which can also be deployed during other natural disasters like floods;
- 40 additional Emergency Response Beacons, enabling lifesavers to remotely monitor unpatrolled sections of the NSW coastline;
- Additional emergency management staff permanently based in Regional NSW;
- Radio communications upgrades on the Far South Coast, South Coast, North Coast and Mid North Coast; and
- An additional $5 million for the Surf Club Facility Program (taking it to $15 million in total), which is administered by the Office of Sport to develop facilities that increase participation in surf life saving for all people, increase usage and improve safety.