Surf Life Saving Clubs across NSW will benefit from a $4 million funding injection following the opening of the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program.
Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the program provides grants to Surf Life Saving Clubs for the upgrade and construction of new facilities.
“Surf lifesavers perform a vital service, protecting people in the water and helping the community in times of crisis,” Mr Lee said.
“It’s so important we keep their facilities modern and versatile so that they can continue to keep our beaches safe.”
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club was the recipient of a $46,000 grant in 2018/19 for the upgrade of its first aid and patrol room.
“The volunteers at Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club are on the beaches every weekend, no matter what the weather is, protecting the residents and visitors to our beautiful Northern Beaches,” Mr Stokes said.
“The upgrade to facilities at Warriewood and other clubs in the area allows our surf lifesavers to have the best equipment when protecting the community, particularly in the peak summer season.”
President of Surf Life Saving NSW George Shales OAM said ensuring rescue facilities across NSW remained safe, accessible and secure was a top priority.
“Surf Life Saving Clubs are home base for our volunteers and this investment allows significant upgrades to improve access for our 75,000 volunteers,” Mr Shales said.
“With 129 clubs across the State, volunteer surf lifesavers performed 3,800 rescues,197,000 preventative actions and 7,000 first aid treatments last year.”
Grants of between $30,000 and $350,000 are available to eligible NSW Surf Life Saving Clubs.