ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk has announced a $30 million funding injection for Surf Life Saving Queensland if she is re-elected at the end of the month.
The Premier has said the multi-million dollar spend will be spread over four years and will help the organisation keep thousands of beachgoers safe every summer.
“We know that our surf lifesavers are Aussie icons and they’re Queensland icons,” the Premier told reporters on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
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“They save lives, they look after lives and they will go into harms way to protect you.
“From Port Douglas to Rainbow Bay, we have 59 Surf Life Saving clubs across Queensland.
“This money will be used for not only training but also for equipment that our Surf Life Savers need.
“This is certainty. I don’t believe any other state gives as much certainty when it comes to funding and supporting our Surf Life Savers.”
SLSQ has recently spoken about concerns that beachgoers lives would be “at risk” at the height of summer when the Government’s multimillion-dollar funding deal is due to end.
The Organisation had been pleading with the Palaszczuk Government for more funding, claiming it would not be able to adequately plan and resource without it.
Surf Life Saving Queensland bosses have said this funding will help the organisation prepare for the busiest time of year without concern.
“As we all know we’re going to go into a busy season with tourism about to go off in Queensland,” Mark from Surf Life Saving Qld told reporters alongside the Premier today.
“So it really gives us certainty that our members are on the beach. We can cover black spots and look after the bathing public.”
Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the funding injection will keep the red and yellow flags flying at our beaches and keep swimmers safe.
“This investment means everyone, from nippers to ironmen, from day trippers to tourists can enjoy one of our state’s best assets,” Mr de Brenni said.
“Queensland’s surf life saving clubs are a breeding ground for some of our nation’s top athletes including swimmers, surfers, rowers and runners and we know just how central they are to building strong connected communities as well.
“Our government has listened to our surf clubs, who’ve told us that their fundraising efforts have been hit hard this year because of COVID-19.”