The official start of the 2007-08 surf life saving season has been marked by a $352,000 funding injection for Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA).
At this morning’s official season launch, Sport and Recreation Minister John Kobelke announced an increase in annual State Government funding of $190,000.
The funding is part of an administration transfer of Surf Life Saving WA’s volunteer rescue operations to the Fire and Emergency Services Authority.
“With almost 13,000 volunteer members and 27 affiliated surf life saving clubs, the range of services provided by SLSWA is extensive, and now included co-ordinating beach patrols, surf life saving training, teaching first aid and other training courses and fundraising,” Mr Kobelke said.
“In recognition of the important emergency service provided by Surf Life Saving WA, the State Government will align this component of SLSWA’s State funding with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority.
The Minister also handed over a Lotterywest cheque for more than $162,000 for the upgrade to information technology equipment.
“This funding will help Surf Life Saving WA to upgrade its information technology services and improve the administration and management equipment and online services,” he said.
“Surf Life Saving might be 100 years old but it doesn’t need to operate on computer equipment which, in technology terms, came out of last century.”
The Minister thanked the Western Australian community who, through their purchase of Lotterywest games, had made the funding possible.
“In this Year of the Life Saver, the State Government on behalf of the WA community is recognising the surf life saving’s unique part of our culture,” he said.
The Minister said that the Department of Sport and Recreation would continue its close working relationship with surf life saving at the sport and recreation level and in the area of volunteer management.
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