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Thursday, 21 March 2013
Page: 2964

Mr LYONS (Bass) (13:55): I rise to congratulate the Bridport Surf Life Saving Club in my electorate of Bass for their bronze medallion in last weekend's state senior surf-lifesaving titles. The reserve grade boat crew, consisting of Brian Grant, Jason Street, Brett Williams, Shaun Moore and Ross Smith, battled large waves and stormy weather to win the bronze. This newly formed Bridport Surf Life Saving Club, the newest club in Tasmania, is only in its first year of official competition and its second season of rowing. What a terrific achievement, to get a bronze medallion, for such a new club. They are rowing a second-hand boat, which was given to them by the Whale Beach Surf Life Saving Club in New South Wales, with second-hand oars on the second-hand boat.

I would like to thank the Attorney-General in Tasmania, the Hon. Brian Wightman, and the crown lands department for their assistance. After two years of planning, this club has gone through and in Bridport will soon move from two containers to a club-house building. A third in the state title by the Bridport Surf Life Saving Club is a wonderful effort for this new surf-lifesaving club. I urge everybody in Australia to please bathe where there are surf-lifesavers. Every death should be avoided and the only way for that to happen on Australian beaches is to bathe between the flags.