SLSNSW Life Member Peter Liddle Passes Away

Surf Life Saving NSW Life Member Peter Liddle of Newport SLSC has passed away aged 86.

Peter’s love of Newport and his lifelong commitment to the Surf Club and later the Surf Life Saving Association started in early 1950.

One of his most significant achievements was shared with his close friend, another well-known life member – Bert King (who sadly passed away last year). Together, they pioneered the introduction of powerboats into surf life saving.

Peter's most recent role was as NSW State Radio Advisor. Peter had a vision for modernising communications for Surf Life Saving. He had the expertise, the contacts, the leadership and the determination and commitment to see this massive undertaking through to completion. It started with changing the whole radio system from AM 73 meg to UHF Line of sight radios. This meant obtaining dedicated frequencies for SLS, selection and testing of equipment and then the massive roll out across NSW. During this time Peter developed and built waterproof radio units for the IRBs, installing 25 Watt radio’s into club houses.

Peter and Terry Boardman then moved to installing a system of repeater stations up and down the coast that enabled the radios to broadcast and receive in the most difficult and remote places along the coastline. Communications were centrally monitored and actions coordinated at base stations such as the Warringah Surf Rescue Base station located at Fisherman’s beach at Collaroy.

Surf Life Saving greatly benefited from Peter's contribution and he will be sadly missed.

Fri 11 Apr 2014