Twenty-three Surf Life Saving Clubs across NSW secured grants up to $500,000 as part of a four-year $16 million commitment from the NSW Government.
Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said the grants would ensure surf life saving volunteers continue to deliver a world-class frontline service and keep beaches safe.
“Surf Life Saving Clubs are vital in protecting people in the water and supporting a healthy lifestyle for members,” Mr Ayres said.
“These grants will provide funding for surf life saving facilities that are inclusive, accessible and enable people from all sections of the community to participate.
“Despite the challenges of the past few years, the commitment of our volunteer surf lifesavers to ensure our beaches were are safe has been unwavering. Our volunteer members and their spirit of service are the beating heart of our community.”
Major projects to receive funding in the 2021/22 Surf Club Facility Program include:
- $500,000 to Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club as part of a $1.3 million upgrade that includes a new training room and gym, upgraded changerooms and toilets
- $500,000 to Cabrarita Surf Life Saving Club that includes to the training, patrol and recreational areas
- $412,000 to North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club for upgrades to the internal pool as well as new solar panels, battery storage and pool heating system.
- $369,000 to Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club for upgrades to the club’s clubroom, kitchen, balcony, flooring and doors
- $210,000 to Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club for renovations to the club’s courtyard.
Surf Life Saving NSW President George Shales OAM said ensuring surf clubs across NSW were maintained and upgraded is vitally important.
“Our volunteers need safe, accessible and secure facilities in order to conduct their lifesaving work,” Mr Shales said.
“Many Surf Life Saving Clubs have been on the frontline in the last year, responding to incidents and emergencies including the recent flood disaster, many being set up as emergency evacuation centres to help support their communities.”