The Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) last night launched the 2015/16 volunteer patrol season at Parliament House in front of Members of Parliament, dignitaries and Surf Life Saving representatives.
The bi-partisan group was formed last year as a way for all Members of Parliament to support, promote and actively engage with the state’s peak authority on beach and coastal safety.
Brittany Lauga MP, State Member for Keppel, last night became a co-chair of the group, joining existing co-chairs Michael Hart MP, State Member for Burleigh, and Fiona Simpson MP, State Member for Maroochydore.
SLSQ chief executive officer John Brennan applauded the initiative, and said he was looking forward to working directly with members of parliament to save lives on Queensland beaches and public waterways over the coming season.
“The surf lifesaving movement has a long and proud history in Queensland, and right across Australia for that matter,” Mr Brennan said.
“Each year SLSQ’s volunteer surf lifesavers perform a vital community service along the state’s coastline, watching over millions of beachgoers and saving thousands of lives in the process.
“We look forward to working closely with our Parliamentary Friends to promote SLSQ’s role on the beach and out in the community as we strive to achieve our overall vision of ‘zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters’,” he said.
Last year SLSQ’s volunteer surf lifesavers collectively spent 352,805 hours on patrol, and combined with lifeguards to perform 648,831 preventative actions, 19,105 first aid treatments and, most importantly, save 3,648 lives.