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Surf Club gets funding

Port Fairy's beaches will be safer this summer thanks to the latest round of government funding.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine visited the Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club last Friday to announce a $9091 grant for the club.

The club will receive the funding for a new inflatable rescue boat as part of the state government's Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program .

The Port Fairy Marine Rescue Service also shared in the funding with $7314 for a navigation and base communication upgrade.

Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club captain Paul Buchanan said the club was pleased to have received the funding. "This funding comes at a great time for us, an upgrade of our inflatable rescue boat is much needed," Mr Buchanan said.

"The boat we will replace with this new one is 15 years old and it is long overdue to be retired.

"These boats normally last only five to eight years and it is only that we have looked after it so well that we have been able to keep it operational for so long."

Mr Buchanan said the inflatable rescue boat was one of the club's most important pieces of equipment.

He said it was used for rescues, training and patrols and was also taken along to surf carnivals .

In announcing the funding Dr Napthine said he was pleased the state government was able to help Port Fairy's volunteer emergency services in its valuable work.

"The Coalition government is committed to giving our emergency services the resources they need to protect the community," he said.

"I am very pleased that our Port Fairy volunteer emergency services have received this grant which will enhance their emergency response capability.

"I congratulate every member of all our volunteer emergency services for their commitment to community protection."

 

ANTHONY BRADY 2013 ARTICLE: Surf club gets funding, 9 Oct, 2013 12:30 AM. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at www.moynegazette.com.au [Accessed 23 October 2013]
ANTHONY BRADY 2013, IMAGE: Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club members (from left) Shaun Murrihy, Paul Buchanan and Mark Plant with Premier Denis Napthine. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at www.moynegazette.com.au [Accessed 23 October 2013]