Bundaberg Regional Council is supporting Surf Life Saving Queensland with funding to be offered over the next financial year to ensure local clubs and lifeguards can continue providing protection at local beaches.
In its April Ordinary Meeting, Council voted to provide $546,594 in funding from June 2023 to June 2024 as part of a Sole Supplier arrangement.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the funds would support the continuation of the vital services offered by local lifeguards.
“Council has utilised Surf Lifesaving Queensland for lifeguard services and public safety initiatives continuously for 35 years,” he said.
“These dedicated SLSQ members work hard to not only protect our beautiful beaches but also our local community and visitors who get out to enjoy our slice of paradise.
“This funding will further support the paid lifeguards at five local beaches as well as a roving lifeguard in a vehicle, jet ski patrols and a lifeguard supervisor.”
The Surf Life Saving Queensland service aims to:
• Provide the public with a safe and enjoyable beach experience
• Ensure all surf lifeguard personnel are appropriately trained and qualified
• Ensure a high level of customer service is maintained and all services are provided in a friendly, courteous and professional manner
• Provide all the labour, management, equipment and resources necessary to maintain an efficient and effective lifeguard service
• Work in co-operation with other agencies and community groups, fostering the responsible use of Bundaberg Regional Council’s beaches
• Increase public safety through proactive measures, including education and awareness
• Encourage beach users observance of Council Local Laws
Mayor Jack Dempsey thanked Surf Life Saving Queensland for its continued commitment to the community.
“Thank you for making our beaches a safe space to enjoy and I look forward to seeing how we can continue funding into the future,” he said.