Candidates make pitch
FUNDING for wider roads and surf patrol towers are among the election promises made as candidates prepare for business forums.
SORRENTO Surf Life Saving Club could receive funds for a mobile patrol tower if the Liberal party is re-elected next month.
Liberal candidate for Hillarys Peter Katsambanis and Deputy Premier Liza Harvey visited the club on February 4 to announce the party would commit $75,000 for a mobile patrol tower there.
The announcement, and one for a $250,000 permanent tower structure at Quinns Beach, followed the installation of shark protection barriers at both beaches.
“The recently-installed safe swimming enclosure has been so popular it has changed the way people are using the beach and where they are Ms Harvey said.
Mr Katsambanis said a mobile tower would overcome logistical issues that SSLSC faced patrolling the area farther north of its facilities.
“In the event of an emergency, swimming,” the tower would avoid the need to carry bulky and expensive equipment over sand and around dunes to the more northern part of the beach,” he said.
Labor candidate for Hillarys Teresa Ritchie said her party would make its commitments to beach safety known in coming weeks.
“The Liberals have been in government for eight years – if they were serious about safety at the beach, they would have made this announcement years ago,” she said.
Liza Harvey and Peter Katsambanis with Sorrento lifesaving club members.