Securing Tasmania’s Future by Delivering more Support to Surf Life Saving in Tasmania

A majority Liberal Government will:

  • Invest $2 million over 4 years in ongoing support towards the provision of surf life saving services.
  • Invest $1 million over 4 years in capital funding for marine rescue vehicles, trailers and vessels.
  • Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST) provides an integral service to the community.
  • Tasmanians love to be involved in sport and recreation on our beaches and on our rivers and lakes. And the Tasmanian Liberals wants to ensure that all Tasmanians have the opportunity to participate safely in a wide range of aquatic activities.
  • Surf Life Saving is not only a sport; it provides an essential educational and emergency rescue service to the community.

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will:

Invest $2 million over 4 years in ongoing support towards the provision of Surf Life Saving services

The Surf Life Saving movement is part of the social fabric of Tasmania and represents the lifestyle, values and beliefs of our community.

There are 15 Surf Life Saving Clubs and seven Volunteer Marine Rescue services in Tasmania, with nearly 3,000 members.

Through its clubs and services, SLST provides search and rescue, first aid and communication equipment including more than 40 inflatable rescue boats, 11 offshore rescue vessels, two rescue jet skis and eight side-by-side vehicles access for a wide range of inland, inshore and offshore incidents.

In the 2018-19 financial year, Surf Life Saving Tasmania saved 76 lives, provided 107 first aid treatments, assisted in 11,288 preventative actions and provided over 21,000 volunteer patrol hours to Tasmania.

These numbers demonstrate the valuable services provided to the Tasmanian community.

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will invest $2 million over four years to Surf Life Saving Tasmania in ongoing support.

Invest $1 million over four years in capital funding for marine rescue vehicles, trailers and vessels

The Tasmanian Liberals take seriously our responsibility for marine rescues in Tasmanian waters.

With some 57,000 recreational boat licenses in Tasmania, nearly 30,000 registered recreational boats and about 5000 kilometres of coastline, not to mention inland waters, keeping Tasmanians and visitors safe on the water is a big job.

While Tasmania Police is primarily charged with marine rescues, it can need assistance, and that’s where the Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) are so invaluable.

A re-elected Majority Liberal Government will invest $1 million over four years in capital funding for marine rescue vehicles, trailers and vessels.

Current work underway right now

  • Clubhouse expansion and upgrade at the Carlton Park Surf Life Saving Club with $250,000 in funding.
  • Funding of $440,000 per annum towards Surf Life Saving Clubs across Tasmania.
  • Funding of $110,000 per annum to Tasmania’s Volunteer Marine Rescue Unit.
  • $35,000 to the Boat Harbour Beach Surf Life Saving Club towards the design of clubhouse extension.
  • $114,333 to Surf Life Saving Tasmania from the first tranche of the COVID-19 Sport and Recreation Grants Program.
  • $150,000 to the Bridport Surf Life Saving Club towards Clubhouse expansion and upgrade.
  • $130,000 to expand the St Helens Volunteer Marine Rescue Base.
  • $40,000 to the Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club towards the redevelopment of change rooms.
  • $25,000 to the Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club
  • $5,000 to the Burnie Surf Life Saving Club towards the installation of solar panels.

Our record in Government:

Costings:

This policy costs $3 million over four years.