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Surf safety catches a break for holidays

22 December 2022

A $150,000 Queensland Government donation to the annual Queensland Lifesavers Appeal will help volunteers save lives at the beach over the busy summer holiday period.

The funds bring Surf Life Saving Queensland within reach of its $500,000 fundraising goal, to help with training and to buy vital equipment like Inflatable Rescue Boats, Rescue Boards, Tubes and First Aid Kits.

There are 58 patrols across Queensland, from Port Douglas to Rainbow Bay, and each one costs $80,000 to set up, so these funds give Queensland’s 36,000 volunteer lifesavers the tools they need to save lives.

The Appeal comes as SLSQ launches the next phase of its “Be a Lifesaver!” campaign which reminds everyone to swim between the red and yellow flags and look after their friends and family, especially children, while having fun in the surf.

Last season Queensland lifesavers and lifeguards watched over 20 million beachgoers and saved 3,101 lives – 723 of those were children under 12, while 89 per cent of rescues happened outside the flags.

Another $100,000 has also been funded towards the Gold Coast hosting the 2024 Lifesaving World Championships, taking the total Queensland Government investment for the event to $250,000.

The event will attract up to 7,700 competitors, volunteers and officials from 50 nations and another 12,000 support crew, coaches, family and friends, generating $15 million in economic benefits.

Events will be held at Kurrawa Beach and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from 20 August to 8 September 2024.