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Lifesaving clubs in the Richmond electorate will each receive a $5,000 boost from the Australian government to help reduce drownings and near-deaths.

In making the announcement, the Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said it is part of an additional $3 million the government is providing to lifesaving clubs and other water safety organisations.

He said a large part of the funding will go to the beach equipment program which will assist the nation’s 310 surf lifesaving clubs to buy new rescue equipment as well as first aid and medical supplies.

Senator Williams said some clubs may use it to invest in new technology such as drones for remote monitoring of unpatrolled beaches.

 “It has been a horror few weeks with the temperature climbing and more and more people heading to the beach and inland waterways to cool off, but unfortunately too many lives have been lost.

It is vital our front-line people such as surf lifesavers have every resource possible to keep people safe, but it is just as important that people follow their instructions. 

The additional $3 million just announced will also be used for the Beach Drowning Black Spot reduction program, the River Drowning Black Spot identification program, Swim and Survive lessons for children, and AUSTSWIM’s project to provide accredited swimming and water safety teachers to targeted population groups”, Senator Williams said. 

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