Media Statement - Corrimal and Port Kembla SLSCs

Surf Life Saving NSW is extremely disappointed at the decision of the Corrimal and Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Clubs to discontinue their association with the organisation by refusing to return compliant Lifesaving Service Agreements.

SLSNSW has written to inform volunteers that their clubs' membership with SLSNSW has been discontinued and given these circumstances, we have taken measures to ensure the beaches are patrolled this Sunday, 27th September and further discussions will be held to ensure the safety of the community in the long-term.

This is a heart breaking outcome for everyone in Surf Life Saving in NSW and follows an 18 month consultation and negotiation process which has come down to the wire with the clubs refusing to patrol for just 4 hours on a handful of Saturdays over the peak Christmas holiday period as they have previously done.

The Board of SLSNSW has bent over backwards to try to resolve the situation, even attending last minute meetings with the clubs as late as Tuesday to hear their concerns and continuing to offer compromises in an effort to avert this tragic outcome.

At Tuesday's meeting with the clubs the president of SLSNSW walked away with a handshake deal which would have resolved the impasse, however the clubs have since reneged on that arrangement and have chosen to throw away a long and proud history and the best interests of their members and the Illawarra community they are supposed to serve.

SLSNSW values the contributions of our volunteers and will be encouraging members of these two clubs to join neighbouring Surf Life Saving clubs so they are provided with an opportunity to continue to be a part of Surf Life Saving.

SLSNSW would like to thank the Branch, the President of Surf Life Saving Illawarra, and the other 15 Clubs in the Illawarra for the leadership they have shown and their continued efforts to keep beaches and the community safe.

Fri 25 Sep 2015