Tasmanians can now feel safer in and around the water at Kingston Beach thanks to a grant from the RACT Community Fund.

The Fund provided a grant to the Kingston Beach Surf Life Saving Club (KBSLSC) for new first aid training equipment in the lead-up to the opening of the season last weekend.

The KBSLSC, which has 280 members – half of whom are nippers (children aged five to 15 years), provides an important service to the community, as well as people enjoying Kingston Beach in and out of the water.

KBSLSC’s Philippa Loray thanked the RACT for the grant, which would assist to ensure the club’s 70 patrolling members were well-practised in their life saving training.

“We can also now offer more age-relevant foundational lessons in understanding the body and first aid training for our 140 nippers,” she said.

“For example, the club has 30 five-year-olds, so with more engaging interaction and new equipment, we will be able to give them a good start in their surf life saving journey.”

The RACT Community Fund offers small grants twice a year to non-profit community groups to assist with local, community-building projects.

RACT Executive General Manager, Membership and Community Stacey Pennicott said the organisation was keen to support local clubs and associations through the Fund to recognise the role they play in their respective communities – often with very small budgets and through volunteers.

“The RACT has assisted more than 200 Tasmanian groups through the Community Fund with grants of up to $2000,” she said.

Ms Pennicott said the latest round of recipients has been announced.


Recipients are:

Cygnet Riding Club Inc: The club will purchase new dressage arena jumping blocks.

Bridgewater PCYC: To purchase seven new DIY kit guitars for at-risk students to work on.

All Round Health and Community Care: Purchase of a new BBQ to hold a monthly BBQ for vulnerable community members.

SCAGI – SEYMOUR COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP INC: To purchase protective equipment for volunteers and herbicide for weed management.

George Town Neighbourhood House: To buy ingredients for cooking classes for the local community.

Self Help Workshop Inc: To purchase a new rag cutter that can help the workshop/community workers.

Live Well Tasmania Inc: To help insulate the kitchen area in Community Centre.

East Devonport Tennis Club: To help upgrade kitchen to provide safe hygienic area for mums and bubs.

Produce to the People Inc: To help purchase an outdoor kitchen on school farm for schools/students.

Tassie Mums: RACT will provide 13 child restraints to the Tassie mums project.

RDA Kalang Inc: To help purchase new resurfacing gravel to fix the flood affected areas of the riding tracks.

The next round of the RACT Community Fund will open in March 2019. For more information about the fund please visit www.ract.com.au/Community-funding