Keeping Tasmanians safe in the water


A re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government will secure the future of Tasmania’s Surf Live Saving Service, keeping Tasmanians safe in the surf for many more years to come.

Tasmanians love a day at the beach, on the river or at the lake, but safety is paramount.

Surf Living Saving Tasmania has been protecting our community for decades – in the 2018-19 financial year alone its team saved 76 Tasmanian lives and assisted in more than 11,200 preventative actions.

In recognition of this life-saving role, a re-elected majority Liberal Government will invest $2 million over four years for ongoing support for surf life saving services.

There are 15 Surf Life Saving Clubs and our commitment of $2 million over four years will help them keep doing what they do best.

There are also seven Volunteer Marine Rescue services in Tasmania helping Tasmania Police in marine rescues.

With around 57,000 recreational boat licences in Tasmania and about 5,000 kilometres of coastline, keeping Tasmanians and visitors safe on the water is a big job.

That’s why we will invest $1 million over four years towards marine rescue vehicles, trailers and vessels.

The role of these clubs and services cannot be under-estimated providing search and rescue, first aid and communication equipment, as well as inflatable rescue boats, off shore rescue vessels, jet skis and vehicles.

A majority Gutwein Liberal Government has a plan to secure their future by investing in their ongoing operations and the equipment needed to do their job.

The full policy is available here.