Sunshine Beach Surf Lifesaving Club — Speech in the House of Representatives 29/02/2024

February 29, 2024

Hansard 29/02/2024  House of Representatives

Mr LLEW O’BRIEN (Wide Bay) (13:42): Commencing in 1994, the Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club’s Nippers program is celebrating 30 years of providing young people with important skills that will stay with them for life. Nippers aged between six and 13 learn to be safe in the surf, they learn how to save lives with first aid and CPR, and they develop valuable people-management skills. Today’s Nippers are the foundations of the future of surf lifesaving. Every Sunday, the Sunshine Beach surf lifesaving Nippers are out there having fun and building skills. The Sunshine Beach Nippers make new friends and become valuable members of an iconic Australian organisation that has served the community for more than a century and saved countless lives on the beach.

The Nippers program relies on its volunteers, who are great people, stumping up every weekend to man barbecues and look after the kids. I congratulate President Johnny Gooderham and deputy, Gabrielle Collins, along with all the parents and volunteers, for their commitment to the club and the community.

In sticking with the theme of the Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club, I give a big shout-out to my mate Craig Law and his new wife, Angela Law, who sprang a surprise wedding on everyone at the surf lifesaving club last weekend. I congratulate you and wish you all the best into the future.


In the spirit of Australia, I acknowledge all citizens who contribute to making our nation the greatest on earth.

I acknowledge our defence force personnel, past, present, and emerging, for their service to our nation, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Australia.

I also acknowledge the Australian taxpayers who, through their hard work, pay for the infrastructure, health, education, and emergency services that keep our proud nation healthy, safe, and prosperous.