Bundaberg Regional Council is continuing its relationship of more than 30 years with Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ), committing to continue funding until 2023.
Through this funding SLSQ can continue to provide seasonal protection at five local beaches and it also supports the year-round availability of a Lifeguard Supervisor.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said that much like Bundaberg Regional Council, Surf Lifesaving Queensland had developed a “total service” principle providing the most efficient and effective service to the community.
“Here in the Bundaberg region our beautiful beaches are one of the outstanding features,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Whether you’re playing in the waves at Bargara or on the sand at Moore Park Beach, we want all of those experiences to be safe.”
“As an attractive tourist region and for our Bundaberg community, our continuing partnership with SLSQ helps to ensure our residents and visitors enjoy our beaches and can do so in the safe hands of our life guards.”
The agreement covers a roving lifeguard in a vehicle, jet ski patrols and a lifeguard supervisor.
For approximately 32 years, Council has utilised Surf Lifesaving Queensland for Lifeguard services and public safety initiatives.
Divisional Councillor Vince Habermann said the lifeguard service contract would further enhance the reputation of the Bundaberg Region as one of Queensland’s premier residential, tourist and recreational precincts.
“The life Saving club at Kelly’s Beach is a long-standing part of the Bargara community, ensuring safe swimming for decades.”
“They have a thriving nippers cohort, and participation across ages and disciplines of Surf Sports, and I am so pleased that Council can continue the tradition of supporting Bundaberg Surf Club as well as Moore Park Surf Club and Elliot Heads Surf Club.”
Wide Bay Capricorn Lifesaving Services Co-ordinator, Julie Davis, thanked Bundaberg Regional Council for their ongoing support and partnership.
“It’s fantastic and just shows the great relationship we’ve got with the Bundaberg Council,” she said.
“I’d just like to thank Bundaberg regional council for the last 27 years, of partnership and remind everyone to make sure that when they do come to the beach to swim between the red and yellow flags and just enjoy themselves when they come to our beautiful Bundaberg area.”
Photo taken at today’s announcement at Kelly’s Beach