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Surf Life Saving Clubs across NSW will be able to apply for additional funding for facilities upgrades after the NSW Government announced funding for club grants would be doubled to $4 million.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith made the announcement at Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.

“From nippers to senior patrollers, members of Surf Life Saving Clubs provide an amazing service to the people of NSW,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“With 129 surf clubs across NSW, this $4 million investment will bring significant upgrades to surf club facilities, improving access for the 76,000 volunteer surf life savers.”

More than $24 million in funding has been allocated over the past 12 years for upgrades to surf clubs across NSW to ensure they are safe, accessible and secure.

“We rely on the skill and passion of volunteer surf lifesavers to provide this service and this injection of funding will ensure lifesavers have the support they need to do their work,” Mr Perrottet said.

Surf Life Saving NSW Acting CEO, Adam Weir, thanked the Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres for supporting volunteer surf lifesavers in the vital role they perform.

“We’ve been advocating for increased funding for surf clubs for several years now and I’m delighted that the NSW Government is recognising our efforts by doubling the grant pool,” said Mr Weir.

“Our surf clubs are often the hub for many community activities and making sure they are safe, accessible and fit for purpose benefits everyone, not just our patrolling lifesavers,” Mr Weir said.

New grant applications can be submitted from July and surf clubs who had already reached the maximum cap of $400,000 will be re-eligible for facility funding.