The ever-changing tides bring new offerings to beachgoers, crab hunters, paddle boarders, nippers, athletes, fishermen, and locals.
Away from the main tourist attractions, this hidden gem oversees both the calmer waters of Tallebudgera Creek and the surf swell, making it a welcome playground and vibrant hub for the local community and visitors from dawn to dusk year-round.
Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1946 by a group of National Fitness camp members who saw the need to patrol the beach and creek entrance, making Talle SLSC an essential part of community safety.
Since its inception, the Surf Club has grown from strength to strength, with 900 Surf Club members (young and old), participating in patrol activities, events, and surf carnivals.
Volunteer Talle “Life Savers” patrol the Tallebudgera waters from mid-September to the end of April, with an outpost recently added to monitor the creek mouth outside these months. Tallebudgera Creek can be dangerous, particularly on an outgoing tide, with its strength often underestimated and swimmers frequently requiring assistance.
Between September 2021 and May 2022, 61,612* people enjoyed visiting Talle beach on weekends, of which 51 required first aid treatment. Of those 19 were attended to by paramedics*.
Five rescues were successfully performed, with a further 356 preventative actions to ensure the public (locals and tourists) were safe. To patrol the beach to a high standard for that period requires 226 Surf Lifesavers (all volunteers).
*(figures given by Dermot McEnroe, General Manager at Tallebudgera SLSC).
“Tallebudgera is the Aboriginal word meaning a place for good fish.”
Talle SLSC, like many other Surf Life Saving Clubs, exemplifies what a community is all about. A gathering place for locals to connect and network with people from all walks of life, a place to support one another, provide opportunities, and importantly have fun.
Aside from outdoor activities, the Club has a varied and busy social calendar via their 23,000 strong Supporters Club, e.g., encouraging locals to socialise and enjoy roast nights, musical bingo, live entertainment, Sunday breakfast and more.
All this activity requires fundraising for much-needed rescue equipment, maintenance, lifesaving training, and beach patrols. The Club relies on various income streams to raise these funds – be it sponsorship, grants, Government funding and the Supporters Club, which delivers the majority of their funds. However, more funds are always needed.
How can YOU help?
The Rewards4Earth model is a great way to support your Club via your everyday shopping at all leading stores and local community businesses. The exact number of Erth Points you earn are also gifted to your chosen Club, Church or Charity as well as the Rewards4Earth Foundation.
On average, each Erth Point supporter will earn $2 per week via their normal shopping activities.
Tallebudgera SLS Supporters Clubs has 23,000 members. So, if just 25% of Talle members downloaded the free Erth Point App to use when shopping (earning on average $2 each per week), that would equate to The Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club receiving approx. $598,000 per year. Amazing right? Now imagine if all of us were involved.
How does it benefit the club’s supporters? The supporter also earns Erth Points and can spend them at the Talle Surf Lifesaving Club to purchase food and beverages in the Club and at other participating Erth Point Businesses.
It’s a win for the supporter earning points knowing they are making a positive contribution to their local community every time they shop and contributing to Saving the Planet.