Fiona Phillips


Today, Labor’s candidate for Gilmore announced a Shorten Labor government will commit $205,000 to support the activities of local volunteers who keep Sussex Inlet beaches safe.

The funding will provide for equipment and capital works which support the activities of volunteers, the safety of beach-goers and the viability and amenity of the Sussex Inlet Surf Life Saving Club.


The Sussex Inlet Surf Life Saving Club, is a growing club and has over 60 members and will receive $205,000 to:

  •     Purchase a rescue craft, including a new Inflatable Rescue Boat, Jet Ski and associated rescue gear
  •     Upgrade the Surf Club tower, and club security and facilities including bathrooms
  •     Upgrade beach access, and provide for public park upgrades and outdoor gym facilities

 Labor supports our local volunteer surf lifesavers and the critical role they play in keeping our beaches safer.

"I'm proud to be working with our Surf Life Saving community to keep Sussex Inlet residents and visitors safe when they swim at our local beaches"

“I’ve got the back of our local surf lifesavers, because we all know they’ve got ours”.

This funding is in addition to the $770,000 already announced from Kiama, Kiama Downs and Mollymook Surf Life Saving Clubs and the $46 million Labor has committed for extra swimming lessons for kids, the Swim Smart program.

Labor's Swim Smart program will make sure Aussie kids have access to swimming and water safety lessons in primary school. We want to make sure Australian children are strong swimmers and safe in the water. That's why from the 2020 school year, we will fund additional swimming lessons for schools that need it, catch-up lessons for kids needing extra support, and more support for the cost of transport and pool entry fees.

Labor is able to fund commitments like these as it has made a number of financial decisions such the ‘Their Fair Share’ package, which will close tax loopholes exploited by multinational companies and improve the budget bottom line by $5.4 billion over the decade.

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