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14 Apr 2022

Beaches made safer from Surf Life Saving SA funds │ Southern Argus

Federal Government investment in Surf Life Saving Australia’s (SLSA) beach safety fund has helped a local club purchase vital lifesaving equipment to prevent fatal and non-fatal drownings.

The Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club has shared in $40,000 with three other clubs to purchase defibrillators, first-aid kits, oxygen resuscitation equipment, and patrol accessories as part of the initiative.

Senator Andrew McLachlan said surf clubs are an essential service on the Fleurieu Peninsula that have provided many decades of community service.

“I’m extremely pleased each of these fantastic clubs received $10,000 from the Federal Government to purchase vital lifesaving equipment to keep people safe and help prevent drownings,” he said.

“The acquisition of this equipment is critically important for these Surf Life Saving clubs, where volunteers, who have already performed thousands of patrol hours this season, rely on the very best equipment to keep beach-goers safe.

“I have spent many days in the surf on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and I have always been hugely impressed by the work of local surf life savers – their dedication and courage is to be admired by all.

“I am very pleased this funding will help provide them with the tools they need to carry out their life saving duties.

“It comes at a critical time because, like many organisations across Australia, Surf Life Saving clubs have been affected by a drop in fundraising revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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