Greg Hunt

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Turnbull Team Supporting Our Surf Life Savers

Monday, 27 June 2016

Greg Hunt and the Turnbull Coalition Team are supporting volunteers at 8 local surf lifesaving clubs by providing $10 million to upgrade Surf Life Saving Australia’s volunteer training system.

The local surf lifesaving clubs that may benefit are Dromana Bay LSC, Gunnamatta SLSC, Mount Martha LSC, Point Leo SLSC, Portsea SLSC, Rosebud and McCrae LSC, Sorrento SLSC and Woolamai Beach SLSC.

The funding includes:
• $6 million to help upskill existing volunteer trainers and assessors
• $1.5 million for Surf Life Saving Australia to update its technology to enhance training and reduce red tape
• $1.5 million to expand the scope of volunteer training at clubs around the country, including induction and ongoing training for both members and volunteer training managers.
• $1 million for expanded recruitment and recognition of supervisors, trainers and assessors at clubs around the country

Greg Hunt said the funding would help to train the volunteers who generously give up their time to support the local community.

“Surf lifesavers, like other volunteers in the country fire services and SES, provide an essential service in the local community,” Greg Hunt said.

“I am pleased to be part of the Turnbull Coalition team, and proudly support our surf lifesavers who give their time and efforts to protect our neighbours and friends”

Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Senator the Hon Scott Ryan said $10 million would allow Surf Life Saving Australia to keep its trainers up-to-date with the latest teaching methods.

“Surf Life Saving Australia trains its volunteers to protect the community, lead their peers and work in a team. These are all skills that can be practised on the beach and away from the surf club,” Senator Ryan said.

“This funding will help Surf Life Saving Australia to train the trainers who share their knowledge and experience with new and advancing volunteers.”

Surf Life Saving Australia President Graham Ford AM, said this financial support will greatly improve the quality of existing training and enhance opportunities of volunteer surf lifesavers.
“The Government’s funding will relieve much of the administrative burden on our volunteers, freeing them up to deliver front line services," Mr Ford said.

The Turnbull Coalition Team stands shoulder-to-shoulder with volunteers, who generously give back to their community.

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