Funding of $17 million secured for Surf Life Saving Queensland
The Palaszczuk Government will provide Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) with a $17 million funding package over three years following the renewal of a Service Agreement between Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and SLSQ. The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said SLSQ is one of the largest volunteer-based community organisations in Australia, with more than 30,000 members in 58 clubs and six branches in Queensland alone.
“SLSQ members are passionate about water safety and proactive in leading the way in advocacy and community leadership programs, striving to make our beaches and public waterways safe and healthy for everyone,” Mr Ryan said.
“The renewed Service Agreement is an important step in securing essential services to ensure the safety of our beautiful beachside communities for residents and holidaymakers alike, as well as safeguarding the organisation’s sustainability into the future.”
SLSQ Chief Executive Officer John Brennan OAM said the renewed agreement was significant for the continuation of the organisation’s work promoting aquatic safety and protecting the public at all Queensland beaches.
“This Service Agreement will see all SLSQ clubs and branches along the length of our coastline benefit — beyond the busy beaches of south-east Queensland,” Mr Brennan said.
“The funding will allow SLSQ to continue to provide a world-class service and work towards our vision of zero preventable deaths in Queensland’s public waters. We appreciate the ongoing support from the Palaszczuk Government and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.”
The Queensland Government supports approximately 34,500 marine rescue volunteers through Service Agreements, across several volunteer organisations including SLSQ, the Royal Life Saving Society Queensland; Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland; and the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association.