Mallacoota Surf Life Saving Club has been successful in being awarded $14,080 in funding under the government’s Boating and Safety Facilities Program said Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull.
“It is important that our local surf lifesaving clubs have the necessary equipment that allow its members and volunteers to continue to provide this vital community service of saving lives and aiding in offshore rescues and this funding will enable them to upgrade an essential piece of equipment,” Mr Bull said.
Mallacoota Surf Lifesaving Club’s spokesperson, Darren Fellows, said “the club is honoured to receive a grant from Department of Transport & Safety and the funding will be used to upgrade the current two stroke motors on the offshore rescue boat, replacing them with two 70HP Yamaha four stroke motors.
“This equipment is a vital part of our rescue services and infrastructure, as Mallacoota currently has the only rescue boat between Eden and Lakes Entrance and we are required to cover this vast area,” Mr Fellows said.
Another applicant to receive funding in this round of grants was the Department of Sustainability who received $10,523 in grants funding for their project to install new navigation aids for Tamboon Inlet.
Minister for Ports, Dr Denis Napthine, said “we want to provide the best opportunities for Victoria’s boating enthusiasts and funding this program will enable a range of facility upgrades and safety initiatives throughout the state.”
“The program allows for local groups and communities to apply for grants which will enable initiatives to get off the ground and be realised.”
The BSFP is funded through a portion of recreational boat operator licensing fees and vessel registration fees, providing money for grants and state-wide initiatives. The aim of the program is to make recreational boating safer and more accessible for all Victorians.
For further information call 1800 337 222, or visit www.transport.vic.gov.au/grants