LNP funding lifeline for Queensland’s surf life savers

Friday, September 18, 2020

The LNP has pledged $3 million for Surf Life Saving Queensland to ensure the volunteers in red and yellow can keep beachgoers safe this summer.

The commitment comes after the Palaszczuk Labor Government failed to negotiate a funding agreement with Surf Life Saving for the full financial year.

This will take the total funding for Surf Life Saving Queensland this year to $6.2 million, plus $4.5 million worth of direct investment in local surf clubs and equipment.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the much-needed funding injection would secure the organisation’s finances so its volunteers could continue to patrol our beaches throughout the summer months.

“Labor is risking the lives of thousands of Queenslanders by failing to give Surf Life Saving Queensland the certainty it needs,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Labor have been reckless and sneaky by only committing to funding the SLSQ to the 31st of December which is half way through this season.

“The volunteer organisation relies heavily on fundraising activities, which have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.

“This Queensland icon should have been able to rely on their government for support, but they’ve been hung out to dry by Labor.

“It would be a disaster if Labor cuts off funding for Surf Life Saving in the middle of summer when millions of Queenslanders head to the beach.

“We believe in supporting local surf lifesaving clubs because they protect the public and bring our communities together.

“An LNP Government will give Surf Life Saving Queensland the funds they need to continue their work through the peak summer period.

“We will also deliver a budget in the first 100 days of forming government and ensure Surf Lifesaving Queensland has a sustainable, multi-year funding agreement.”

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s current funding agreement expires on 31 December 2020.

LNP Shadow Minister for Volunteers Lachlan Millar said because Labor didn’t have a budget, organisations like Surf Life Saving Queensland had no certainty.

“Labor has no plan and no budget, and that means volunteer community organisations like Surf Life Saving Queensland have zero certainty about their future,” Mr Millar said.

“The funding uncertainty makes it really hard for volunteers to keep supporting their communities.

“The way Labor is treating our volunteers in red and yellow is shameful.

“This is another example of Labor’s wrong priorities.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk spent more than half a million dollars’ worth taxpayers’ money on coronavirus polling but can’t give Surf Life Saving Queensland funding certainty.

“Surf lifesaving clubs are the heart and soul of communities up and down Queensland’s coast.

“Unlike Labor, the LNP respects Surf Life Saving Queensland and will support their mission to patrol our beaches and keep people safe in the water.

“The LNP will step up and provide the funds our amazing surf lifesaving volunteers need to keep doing their job.”

LNP commitments:

Title of Proposal Description of Proposal Commitment
Moore Park Beach Surf Lifesaving Club Construct a public jetty and marina at Seventeen Seventy $600,000
Rainbow Beach Surf Lifesaving Club Dual cab 4×4 ute, side by side vehicle, wall mounted tool box for boat shed $60,000
Kawana Surf Club Upgrade to Club House $200,000
Currumbin Currumbin Beach Vikings Nippers clubhouse upgrade $2 million upgrade to the Currumbin Beach Vikings Nippers clubhouse
Upgrade of Mudjimba Surf Life Saving Club’s facilities Re-development and expansion of Mudjimba Surf Life Saving Club’s facilities to provide PWD compliant amenities, new office, training and meeting rooms and kiosk catering facilities. $200,000
Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club house refurbishment Refurbishment of clubhouse to repair structural issues and provide ongoing future revenue stream $200,000
Cairns Surf Life Saving Club Extra bay for existing shed $30,000
NQ Branch of Surf Life Saving Concrete area for parking $30,000
Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club Contribution to Rising Main for new clubhouse $1,500,000
Sarina Surf Lifesaving Club Purchase lifesaving equipment, radio and communications gear and fuel and oils for the IRB (Inflatable rescue boat) and rescue vehicle operations $30,000
Sarina Surf Lifesaving Club Establishment of a designated car park area with CCTV for safe parking of miners vehicles who park and bus out to work. $200,000
Whitsundays Surf Life Saving Club Stand-up Paddle Boards x 3 – Equipment $5,000
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