Brighton Life Saving Club gets equipment boost

Brighton Life Saving Club has received a grant of $36,000 from the State Government to buy important life saving equipment.

A new all-terrain vehicle, inflatable rubber boat and motor to match, rescue boards and life jackets will be bought.

Brighton Life Saving Club’s president Dani Smith said the grant would help the club and the community by providing new and safe equipment.

“The club is completely volunteer run and we rely solely on grants and donations,” Mr Smith said.

The funds come as part of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, where the government commits $2 for every $1 provided by volunteer groups to upgrade equipment.

Although this comes at a cost of $18,000 to the Brighton Life Saving Club, secretary John McDonough said the result would go right back into the Brighton community.

Brighton Life Saving Club is one of 30 life saving clubs in Victoria that will share in almost $735,000 in government grants.

Southern Metropolitan Region State Labour MP Philip Dalidakis said the grants would provide a welcome boost to life saving clubs in Southern Metropolitan, helping them to buy the equipment they need to keep Victorians safe.

“The Andrews Labour Government is supporting emergency service volunteers to do their life-saving work safely and effectively by providing grants for vital equipment and resources,” Mr Dilidakis said.

Founded in 1921, Brighton Life Saving Club has a rich history and tradition of serving Brighton’s beach community.

The club patrols Dendy Beach, famous for its colourful bathing boxes, on weekends and holiday periods from November through April.