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Drones to assist Gippsland South lifesavers

Surf Life Saving Clubs across the Gippsland South electorate will benefit from having access to state-of-the art lifesaving drones, which will be delivered under a Liberal Nationals Government.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said this summer had been a horror one on Victorian beaches with 21 recorded drowning deaths – the highest in over a decade.

"Our lifesaving clubs do an amazing job in our communities and this is about giving them the latest safety tools available," Mr O’Brien said.

“In Gippsland South we have a number of surf lifesaving clubs which could benefit from this new technology including Seaspray, Venus Bay, Waratah Beach and Woodside Surf Life Saving Clubs. 

"Initially, 15 drones will be purchased and Life Saving Victoria will determine the best locations for these drones from a safety perspective at any point in time.

"The $400,000 investment will not only purchase the drones, but also provide operator training for up to 100 lifesavers," Mr O’Brien said.

Drones currently operate in New South Wales and Queensland to save lives and give lifesavers eyes in the sky, providing a birds-eye view of rips and other hazards and dropping floatation aids to swimmers in distress.

Using cutting-edge computer software, these drones can automatically distinguish between swimmers, boats, sharks and even stingrays.

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