Surf Life Saving Australia recognises the benefits of clean air, attained through a continued management of, and reduction in, air pollution.
Non-Road Spark Ignition Engines and Equipment (NRSIEE) Regulatory Changes are a part of the Clean Air Agreement.
This change will have a significant effect on one of our core lifesaving assets – the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB), which requires an outboard engine (25- 30HP) to operate. This lifesaving asset operated by our volunteer surf lifesavers was involved in over 1370 rescues in 2014/15.
The Federal Government has today announced its support of Surf Life Saving by providing $1M over 4 years to assist in the purchase of compliant motors which meet the new emission standards.
We will work with industry partners and our preferred supplier BRP to maximise this funding for our clubs.
We are also pleased that the government has agreed to provide an exemption for Surf Life Saving IRB motors as we manage our fleet of 1855 outboard motors to maximise lifesaving operations.