Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club & OneSchool Global SA beach-for-all program

12 Sep 2019 speech

Ms FLINT (Boothby—Government Whip) (13:55): I recently visited the Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club to thank the president, Dr Glen Patten OAM, the immediate past president, Andrew Chandler, and all of the club's wonderful volunteers for their efforts to improve access to our beaches for people living with a disability. The club pioneered a beach-for-all program. Their beach access mat enables wheelchairs to get onto the beach and right down to the water's edge, and a submersible wheelchair and disability-friendly surfboard help get people into the water. Now, thanks the generosity of students at OneSchool Global in Adelaide, Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club can purchase another submersible wheelchair and surfboard.

On behalf of our local community, I'd like to thank Principal Brock Traeger and the students of OneSchool Global, Adelaide, for their fundraising efforts, which involved riding their bikes up some very steep hills in Belair National Park. I personally thanked the students during my visit to the club last week, when they presented a cheque for over $2,300 to club volunteers. The impact this additional equipment will have is truly life-changing. Surf club president, Glen Patten, has shared many incredible stories with me of the club's work with children with disabilities who have never been in the water before because it was physically impossible for their families to take them in or their families were too nervous to do so and how much enjoyment these young people get from being in the sea.

My sincere thanks to Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club and to OneSchool Global, Adelaide, for ensuring more young—and not so young—people can enjoy the beach as we all do.