New era of lifesaving at Peregian Beach
AFTER a six-year pause, a group of Peregian-based surf lifesavers has formed a local working group, tasked with the goal of restarting the iconic Peregian Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
The Working Group is designed to mimic the Management Committee of an independent Surf Lifesaving Club (SLSC), featuring all of the traditional positions that one would find at most SLSC's around the country, such as president, club captain and finance director.
The group will work with the Community Advisory Board which was set up following Noosa Council's decision to award a three-year permit for the Surf Club building to Surf Lifesaving Sunshine Coast (SLSSC).
Club President Gerard O'Brien said the original Peregian Beach SLSC, which was first established in 1962, enjoyed a rollercoaster ride until 2014 when, due to financial difficulties, it was rescued by neighbouring Club, the Noosa Heads SLSC.
"With over 100 years of combined lifesaving service to the Peregian community, the group of local Peregian lifesavers that has joined together in the Working Group, have been working hard to plan how the club can build on the success of the two previous seasons of supporting the Noosa Heads SLSC to re-establish the Peregian Nippers program and also to grow local surf lifesaver numbers,"
Newly-elected chair of the Working Group, Leigh McCready said: "We know from the success of the nipper program, which has grown from 0 to 170 children in two seasons, that the demand and support from the Peregian community is there.
"Going forward, we would like to add 50 local lifesavers to our current numbers and revive previous membership activities such as regular events at the clubhouse, Sunday patrols and family barbecues in the park."