A Marshall Liberal Government will ensure our surf lifesaving clubs have access to the latest technology by equipping all South Australian clubs with drones to enhance their surveillance capacity on our beaches.
Drones have been successfully used by surf clubs in Western Australia and can be used to locate rips, sight people who are stranded, and sight sharks and other marine animals.
We will ensure there are strict privacy protocols around the use of drones to protect beachgoers from unwarranted use of the devices.
We will also work with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to ensure that all clubs in South Australia can operate drones safely, particularly for the four surf clubs near the Adelaide Airport.
According to the government Shark Sighting Log, there were 141 shark sightings along the South Australian coast in 2017. This was 34 more than in 2016 and the highest number of sightings since 2013. Most of them were off metropolitan beaches.
Surf Life Saving SA plays a crucial role in keeping South Australians safe at the beach, including helicopter patrols for shark spotting and rescues for the 9.2 million visitors to our beaches each year.
The value of surf lifesaving to the wider community is immense and the work of surf lifesavers needs to be fully supported.
That’s why we will invest in the latest technology to equip them to save lives.