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Labor boost for Surf Life Saving Tasmania

  • Funding to assist training for inland and offshore services
  • Capital investment to improve vital life saving equipment
  • Local drone trial technology to be trialled to help save lives

A majority Labor Government will invest in $1.7 million in Surf Life Saving Tasmania to ensure it continues to provide a vital service to Tasmania both inland and offshore.

Deputy Labor Leader Michelle O’Byrne said a majority Labor Government will provide SLST with:

  • Recurrent funding of $550,000 over 4 years, to enable SLST to continue to operate
  • A $1 million capital improvement fund for vital life saving equipment
  • $150,000 for a trial of drone technology to help save lives

“Labor recognises the vital work undertaken by Surf Life Savers across Tasmania, both around the coast as well as inland waterways,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“Labor’s investment will ensure SLST can continue to operate its vital services on Tasmania’s coast but also to improve training and operations on inland waters.”

In addition to providing operational funding, Labor will make immediately available a capital improvement fund of $1 million directly to Surf Life Saving Tasmania to underpin a five-year capital improvement program for vital life saving equipment.

This maintenance boost will particularly assist repair and replacement of boats that were heavily used in recent flood rescue operations and other projects that are deemed vital to keep Tasmanians safe.

“SLST played a vital role in assisting Tasmanians during recent floods. Labor recognises that work and wants to ensure lifesavers are trained appropriately to play their role in inland waters.

“Labor will ensure boats that were damaged during the floods are repaired while ensuring SLST is supported to make capital improvements.”

A Majority Labor Government will also support a trial of rescue drones and their potential to be incorporated into Tasmanian rescue procedures.

“Labor will provide $150,000 to SLST to undertake a trial on how drones can be used in rescues to save lives,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“Labor and SLST are keen to tap into local drone expertise and resources as much as possible to develop a truly Tasmanian approach to life saving in the state.”

Surf Life Saving Tasmania CEO Tony van den Enden said: “The commitment from Labor greatly assists Surf Life Saving Tasmania, our surf life saving clubs and marine rescue services to continue to provide a holistic inland, inshore and offshore rescue service to support emergency services and to keep Tasmanians safe in the water.

“With this funding, SLST will be able assist our 24 clubs and services and over 800 active volunteer lifesavers with fit for purpose rescue equipment, personal protection equipment and ongoing training in providing a 365 day support service.”