Bleijie backs local surf lifesavers

Local surf lifesavers and beach goers will have 200,000 reasons to celebrate if the LNP are elected to government on November 25th.

With a strong track record supporting local surf lifesavers, Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie has today pledged that an LNP Government would provide $200,000 for an upgrade of Kawana Surf Lifesaving Club’s equipment and amenities.

“At 10km in length, Kawana has one of the longest stretch of open beaches in Queensland which is why I have been fighting to secure funding to ensure the Kawana Surf Lifesaving Club has the equipment and facilities it needs to accommodate the growing area,” Mr Bleijie said.

As patron of the Club since 2009, Mr Bleijie has participated in scores of fundraising events including the annual “Up The Tower” event at Kawana Shoppingworld, where he has personally raised thousands of dollars for the club and local volunteer surf lifesavers.

Kawana Surf Lifesaving Club Treasurer, Bob Clements, said Mr Bleijie has always been a very strong supporter of the Club and described the funding commitment as a huge win for local surf lifesavers.

“This funding will go a long way to assisting the Club in its endeavours to provide our active members with facilities that would include hot showers and change rooms – it would be a real shot in the arm for our volunteers, surf lifesavers, nippers and members alike,” he said.

Mr Bleijie said that as a coastal community, it is our responsibility to do everything possible to keep people on our beaches safe from harm.

“Although an iconic part of our national culture, it’s easy to forget these clubs survive on donations from businesses and everyday Queenslanders to keep them on the sand,” he said.

“The skills and discipline our young people gain from participating in the Surf Lifesaving Program is beyond compare, the benefits of which flow out into the broader community and the economy through great work ethic and social conscience.

“I’m so pleased to announce this funding commitment today to provide a boost for all the wonderful volunteer surf lifesavers who spend their weekends and spare time keeping us and our beaches safe.”