Major boost for Coast surf clubs

Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club

Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club will receive $500,000 to help with its $1.3M upgrade through the NSW Government’s 2021/22 Surf Club Facility Program.

Also included in the latest round of $3.6M in funding state-wide is Macmasters Beach Surf Life Saving Club which receives $52,000 and Umina Surf Club, which gets $36,840.

Terrigal ‘s $500,000 will be used for improvements and additions to female and male change rooms and toilets and the construction of a training room and members’ gym.

MacMasters Beach SLSC will use its money for an upgrade of the clubhouse refrigeration system/cool room to give it a purpose built, energy efficient, up to date system.

In its application the club said the upgrade will enhance its ability to improve the efficiency of its operations, significantly reduce power consumption and enable other funds to be used for core lifesaving services and community programs.

Umina SLSC will use its grant to replace flooring and roller doors.

“Despite regular maintenance, eight manual roller doors on our lower level are in poor condition and no longer serviceable due to age and harsh local weather conditions,” the club’s application said.

“We intend to replace the doors with mechanical doors.

“The second part of our project involves the replacement of aged and deteriorating carpet in our upper-level multipurpose room ensuring a fresh and inviting area for training and education activities, social events and community use.”

Twenty-three clubs across NSW secured grants up to $500,000 in the latest round of funding as part of a four-year $16M commitment from the NSW Government.

Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said the grants would ensure surf lifesaving volunteers continue to deliver a world-class frontline service and keep beaches safe.

“Surf Life Saving Clubs are vital in protecting people in the water and supporting a healthy lifestyle for members,” Ayres said.

“These grants will provide funding for surf life saving facilities that are inclusive, accessible and enable people from all sections of the community to participate.

“Despite the challenges of the past few years, the commitment of our volunteer surf lifesavers to ensure our beaches are safe has been unwavering.

Surf Life Saving NSW President George Shales OAM said ensuring surf clubs across NSW were maintained and upgraded is vitally important.

“Our volunteers need safe, accessible and secure facilities in order to conduct their lifesaving work,” he said.

“Many clubs have been on the frontline in the last year, responding to incidents and emergencies including the recent flood disaster, many being set up as emergency evacuation centres to help support their communities.”

Media release, Jun 28
NSW Government