The Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club has received a brand new ATV.
Federal Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, was at the club in Malua Bay yesterday (Wednesday August 17) to present the all-terrain-vehicle which was purchased with $20,000 made available through the Stronger Communities Grant.
President of the Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Tracy Innes, told East Coast Radio the ATV will be a massive help for the club when carrying out surf lifesaving duties.
“Fiona was behind the Stronger Communities Grant that came out last year and we were lucky enough to be awarded that grant to purchase the ATV,” Ms Innes said.
“We often have emergencies off the rocks around us, so it’s also a much faster way of getting there, rather than getting there and not being able to swim straight away because we’re puffed from running,” she explained.
“So it’s certainly going to be helpful.”
An ATV (all-terrain-vehicle) is like a little dune buggy that, as the name suggests, can cover all terrain.
“They can go down the beach and handle that very well,” Ms Innes said.
“They can tow our IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) down the beach and also our gear shelter, so it will really help out with that sort of thing,” she said.
The Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club held their AGM last Wednesday and appreciate all of the former, current and new members who have come forward to asisst the club with a range of available positions.
“We had a good turnout to the AGM,” Ms Innes said.
“We’ve been a bit scarse on numbers the last three years and we do still have a couple of roles avialble,” she said.
“If anyone around Malua Bay is retired or has some free time, please get in touch via the Club’s Facebook page if you’d like to get involved.”
Image: Fiona Phillips