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Nearly $1.5m is set to go towards critical surf club upgrades on the Tweed Coast, Central Coast and in the Sutherland Shire with the latest Surf Club Facility Grant announcement. In all, 22 NSW clubs are set to benefit from the latest round of NSW Government funding.

Almost $4m will be shared among the clubs for facilities improvements and capital works.

The Surf Club Facility Grant Program assists eligible Surf Life Saving Clubs throughout NSW to develop facilities that will enable increased participation in Surf Life Saving, increased facility usage, and improved safety for members.

Surf Life Saving NSW President, George Shales OAM said regular upgrades were vital to surf clubs’ efforts to keep beachgoers safe.

“This funding announcement will allow significant upgrades to surf club facilities up and down the coastline, improving access for our 75,000 members,” he said.

“We are grateful for the continued support of the state government and its understanding that our volunteer lifesavers require access to fit-for-purpose facilities so they can focus on saving lives.

“Surf Life Saving Clubs are often the hub of the local community, so it is excellent news that those communities will have access to state-of-the-art facilities.

Among the clubs set to benefit this round, Cabarita Beach SLSC has been allocated $500,000 for critical upgrades to the clubhouse, including upgraded patrol, training and recreational areas as well as improved accessibility.

Terrigal SLSC has also been allocated $500,000 for the construction of a club training room and member gym, while North Cronulla SLSC has been allocated $412,000 for upgrades around its in-facility pool.

“We’re encouraged by the number of applications that were received and the desire our clubs have for improving and rejuvenating themselves for the future,” George continued.

“Everything that Surf Life Saving is and delivers happens on patrols, on emergency call outs, in Surf Life Saving clubs and on local beaches. With these grants, we are able to help service this.”


Thursday 30 June 2022