A Shorten Labor government will commit more than half a million dollars to support the activities of Kiama and Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving clubs and local volunteers who keep Kiama beaches safe.

Labor understands the critical and important role that our surf life saving clubs play in keeping our beaches safe. They are a part of our communities.

Labor’s investment will go towards vital equipment and capital works upgrades which support the activities of volunteers and the safety of beach-goers as well as the viability of amenities at Kiama and Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Clubs.

 The Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club, which has 423 members, will receive $214,000 to:

  •     Replace two motors on Inflatable Rescue Boats used in patrols and rescues
  •     Purchase a new ATV Rhino beach vehicle used in patrols and rescues
  •     Upgrade the clubhouse and carpark for improved community use and amenity.

    The Kiama Surf Lifesaving Club, which has 512 members, will receive $367,000 to:
  •     Replace a Jet Boat used for rescues
  •     Purchase four resuscitation manikins and two Heart Starter Trainers used for surf lifesaver training
  •     Upgrade the clubhouse and landscaping for improved community use and amenity

    "There is nothing better than heading to one of the beautiful beaches on the south coast for a swim in summer, and knowing that our surf life savers will be there to keep us safe. I’m very proud of Labor’s commitment to upgrade equipment and facilities." Fiona Phillips said.

“I’ve got the back of our local surf lifesavers, because we all know they’ve got ours”. 

“Our local Surf Lifesaving Clubs are community assets and provide much loved and iconic venues for people to meet, learn and celebrate. These facilities need a bit of an upgrade to continue to remain fit for purpose"

"A failure at sea of a Jet Boat or an IRB motor could put lives at risk, putting off the maintenance of the clubhouse with the harsh coastal conditions for a year too long, is a false economy. This is a smart investment that demonstrates my commitment to our community" Fiona Phillips said. 

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Stephen Jones said: “Labor is able to fund local commitments like these because it has made a number of financial decisions such as the ‘Their Fair Share’ package, which will close tax loopholes exploited by multinational companies and improve the budget bottom line by $5.4 billion over the decade.”