Surf life saving club secures funding

Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club president James Brown with surf life savers Josh Jones and Keely Van Ekereen.

Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club president James Brown with surf life savers Josh Jones and Keely Van Ekereen.

SEASPRAY Surf Life Saving Club has secured a share of $8 million of federal government funding, under the Beach Safety Equipment Fund.

The club has purchased two rescue boards and a defibrillator, according to Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club’s director of facilities and equipment Duncan McLinden.

“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,” he said. 

He said the boards are replaced regularly to ensure they are in top condition to undertake rescues as quickly as possible, with the old boards used for training.

The club has also purchased a fourth defibrillator, which means it can be taken on mobile patrols up the beach.

The fund is spread among 311 clubs around the country over five years to buy life saving and first aid equipment. 

Gippsland MHR Darren Chester visited the seaside town earlier this month to announce that all surf lifesaving clubs were eligible to receive about $5000 from the fund each year.

“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.”

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