Shadow Minister and Whitlam MP Stephen Jones and Labor’s candidate for Gilmore Fiona Phillips have announced a Shorten Labor government will deliver a $33,000 boost to give Broulee’s surf lifesaving volunteers a helping hand.
The funding will go towards new equipment for the club’s hardworking volunteers including:
- Six rescue boards costing $7,800;
- 15 rescue tubes valued at $1,800;
- Two inflatable rescue boat motors worth $10,000; and
- A new $14,000 inflatable rescue boat.
Fiona Phillips said that the new equipment would make a real difference for local surf lifesavers.
“The volunteers at Broulee SLSC do an incredible job keeping beachgoers safe and they deserve nothing but the best.
“I’ve got the back of our local surf lifesavers, because we all know they’ve got ours, it’s as simple as that.
“I first got into politics to save the local Nowra pool and now I’m doing all I can to save our surf clubs.”
Stephen Jones said that the funding was well deserved.
“These volunteers work extremely hard so that we can all enjoy a day at the beach and return home safe and sound.
“Fiona Phillips and I are proud to work closely with our surf lifesavers to keep locals and visitors safe when they enjoy the stunning beaches of Broulee.”
Total funding that has been committed to surf life savers in Gilmore includes:
- $1 million for a new training facility for South Coast Life Saving, and;
- $1,008,000 for local surf lifesaving club training, rescue equipment and facility upgrades.
These investments are in addition to the $46 million Labor has committed for extra swimming lessons for kids via 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, Labor 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 thanks to initiatives including 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.