Jun 6, 2013

$1 million to boost surf life saving in NSW

The Federal Labor Government will contribute $1 million towards the construction of an Operations and Training Centre in Port Macquarie to support the growing role of Surf Life Saving NSW on the state’s Mid North Coast.

The three-level Operations and Training Centre will include purpose built training facilities, a SurfComm 24/7 radio room and accommodation for 12 people.

The Centre will connect the four branches and 32 surf life saving clubs along the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers regions, improving coordination of surf life saving activity and helping the clubs deal with rapid population growth as well as increased visitors to the region.

This will ensure clubs can focus on what they do best – saving lives and preventing injuries.

One of Centre’s functions will be as the Regional Operations Centre for Surf Life Saving NSW’s emergency response system, covering the whole of northern New South Wales. In practice, this will allow emergency services to better respond to coastal emergencies or accidents outside of patrol or at unpatrolled and sometimes extremely remote locations.

The new Centre will also become a base for trainers travelling to regional Indigenous and at-risk communities to deliver water safety education and training.

This project is a good example of the real benefits of targeted, long-term investment in regional communities.

Overall, the project will support over 30 local jobs during construction and three permanent jobs will be created to run the Centre when completed.

Funding is being provided to Surf Life Saving NSW under Round Four of the Australian Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

Information on the Regional Development Australia Fund can be found at www.regional.gov.au