Whyalla Surf Life Saving Club Receives Federal Assistance
Posted on Monday, 22 January, 2018
The Whyalla Surf Life
Saving Club will receive a $5,000 boost from the Turnbull Government to help
reduce drownings and near-deaths as part of a $3 million national program supporting
lifesaving clubs and other water safety organisations around Australia.
“This funding is a
very welcome boost,” Rowan Ramsey, Federal Member for Grey said. “Many of us
head to the beach at this time of year and water safety is of paramount
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.
Whyalla Surf Life
Saving Club spokesman Phil Zubrinich welcomed the funding and said the club was
working towards buying a new ATV to replace their aging four wheel drive.
Mr Ramsey visited
Sunday morning’s training session and was informed the club had 80 members, with
15 patrolling volunteers and was always on the look-out for new members. He used
the occasion as an opportunity to present the club with a $5,000 ‘show cheque’.
“Clubs like WSLSC
are the backbone of our communities,” Mr Ramsey said. “Not only do they teach
our kids water safety, they teach them about community involvement, team
commitment and the importance of thinking of others.”
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, surf lifesaving clubs
across Australia, the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia and AUSTSWIM for
their water safety programs.
funding for 2018-19 will go towards the same programs. As well as the beach