SLSNSW Secures Funding for Port Macquarie Operations Centre

Surf Life Saving NSW is excited about the announcement of funding from the NSW Government to support the development of a new operations centre at Port Macquarie, which will provide greater sporting, training and education opportunities.

Acting Premier and Member for Oxley, Andrew Stoner and Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams have announced Surf Life Saving NSW has been successful in their application for funding under the ClubGRANTS Category 3 scheme.

“The NSW Government is providing $1,051,245 towards this project to construct a three storey Operations Centre which will include a secure warehouse for sport equipment, meeting rooms and a training area for up to 80 people,” Mr Stoner said.

“The facility will provide pathways for youth to enhance participation levels in sport and recreation activities on the Mid North Coast.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is proud to support projects that encourage community participation in health and lifestyle activities and this project will definitely improve access to sporting and recreation opportunities for the Port Macquarie community,” Mr Stoner said.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the facility would support the North Coast Regional Academy of Sport SLS Program.

“The program provides pathways for athletes in the Mid North Coast region, who often don’t get the same opportunities as Sydney members to participate in SLS activities,” Mrs Williams said.

“This facility will inject new life into the local community and will provide another avenue for athletes as well as the wider community to interact and engage in sporting activities.

“This will be an important and very welcome facility for the Mid North Coast community and I commend Surf Life Saving NSW for their outstanding submission,” Mrs Williams said.

Surf Life Saving NSW President Tony Haven says, “locating a multi-purpose operations facility at Port Macquarie will give regional athletes, coaches and development programs much needed support, increasing participation in Surf Life Saving activities away from the major metropolitan centres.

“When complete this new facility will provide a springboard for regional sport and recreation, boost participation in volunteering, lifesaving activities and strengthen our local communities.

“We are grateful for the support of the NSW Government, through the ClubGRANTS program, to give our regional volunteers and athletes some of the same development opportunities their city counterparts enjoy,” Mr Haven said.

This funding is in addition to the $1,051,243 SLSNSW has received through the Australian Government’s Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport Regional Development Australia Fund.

"Our organisation is appreciative of the support of both the NSW and Australian Government in recognising surf lifesaving activities and the value we provide the community," said Mr Haven.

Mon 30 Jun 2014