June 13 - 19, 2021: Issue 498


Funding Boost For Surf Life Saving Clubs Announced At Warriewood

Twenty-nine Surf Life Saving Clubs in NSW will share in $3.5 million worth of support for facilities improvements and capital works through the Surf Club Facility Grant Program, announced by the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Sport Natalie Ward on Warriewood Beach on Sunday June 6th, 2021.

In addition, the Treasurer announced a further $4 million in funding to support the upgrade, restoration and construction of Surf Life Saving facilities as part of the 2021-22 NSW Budget.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the Surf Club Facility Program is vital to help keep NSW communities active and safe.

“The NSW Government recognises the critical role Surf Life Saving Clubs play, protecting people who use our world-class beaches,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We are pleased to deliver $4 million of funding in the NSW Budget to ensure NSW Surf Life Saving facilities are fit-for-purpose and clubs can continue to keep people safe.”

The announcement came off the back of $3.5 million being awarded to 29 clubs through the 2020/21 program. Grants to clubs were between $30,000 - $350,000.

“These grants will help to increase participation across NSW by creating inclusive and accessible Surf Life Saving facilities,” said the new Minister for Sport, Natalie Ward.

“I congratulate all the successful applicants in this year’s program.”

Highlights of the 2020/21 program include:

  • $300,689 to Warriewood SLSC for resurfacing works and redirection of public walkway and beach access.
  • $302,406 to Redhead SLSC for upgrades to the club’s observation area, radio room and first aid room.
  • $223,687 to Cabarita SLSC for upgrades to the club, including a new training room.

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said Warriewood SLSC is part of the fabric of the Northern Beaches community.

“Warriewood Surf Life Saving volunteers are on the beaches every weekend, rain, hail or shine, protecting our community,” Mr Stokes said.

“I’m pleased the NSW Government provided a $300,689 grant to improve facilities and keep beachgoers safe here on the Northern Beaches.”

President of Surf Life Saving NSW, George Shales OAM, said safe, accessible and secure rescue facilities across the state remain a top priority for the organisation.

“Surf Life Saving Clubs are often the hub of communities and our volunteer lifesavers require access to fit-for-purpose facilities so they can focus on saving lives. The funding will allow significant upgrades to surf club facilities to improve access for our 75,000 members,” said George Shales.

“Our 129 clubs performed over 2,500 rescues, 141,000 preventative actions and 7,000 first aid treatments last year.”

For further information about the Surf Club Facility Program, including the list of recipients visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/SCFP

Surf Club Facility Program 2020-21 Recipients

Bellambi Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Bellambi Surf Club solar program; $30,270

Burning Palms Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Refurbishment of clubhouse - kitchen and bathroom upgrade; $46,399

Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Critical upgrades to Cabarita Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and addition of training rooms; $223,687

Cape Hawke Surf Lifesaving Club - Repairs to roof and solar installation; $48,544

Clovelly Surf Life Saving Club - Training room redevelopment; $185,500

Corrimal Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Refurbishment of member area and installation of solar system; $33,300

Elouera Surf Life Saving Club - Elouera SLSC ground floor refurbishment project; $302,500

Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Solar installation and kiosk fit out; $44,259

Hunter Surf Lifesaving Inc - A better office environment to facilitate health and wellbeing for the lifesaving community; $31,125

Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Life Saving Club - Kempsey Crescent Head Surf Lifesaving Club lift replacement; $105,799

Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Patrol and radio tower; $68,113

Killcare Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Solar panel installation at Killcare Surf Life Saving Club; $30,000

MacMasters Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc - MacMasters Beach Surf Lifesaving Club roof upgrade of clubhouse facility; $108,986

Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Stage 2 extension of storage facility for essential surf lifesaving equipment and craft storage; $195,875

Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Upgrade to windows and roof, and installation of solar panels at Nambucca Heads SLSC; $77,377

North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club Inc - North Cronulla SLSC - fitout of equipment and gear storage facilities; $150,000

North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Installation of solar power at North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club; $31,363

Pambula Beach SLSC - Replacement of decking at Pambula Beach Surf Club and Community Centre; $34,392

Redhead Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Upgrade to observation area, radio room and first aid room at Redhead Surf Life Saving Club; $302,406 

Shelly Beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Upgraded clubhouse facilities at Shelly Beach SLSC; $117,264

Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club - Disabled access and amenities upgrades; $58,600

Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Club - Stage 4 downstairs renovations - toilet facilities; $238,705

Tathra Surf Life Saving Club - Reroofing Tathra SLS clubhouse; $60,000

Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club - Sustainable energy installation; $32,000

The Entrance Surf Life Saving Club Inc - Installation of solar; $30,000

Thirroul Surf Lifesaving Inc - Building works - improvements to surf club facility; $285,000

Wanda Surf Lifesaving Club Inc - Replacement of Wanda SLSC clubhouse roof, solar panel system and mechanical components on the roof; $236,466

Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club - Resurfacing works, redirection of public walkway and beach access at Warriewood SLSC; $300,689

Wauchope-Bonny Hills SLSC - Installation of solar system and function room improvements at Wauchope-Bonny Hills SLSC; $30,000

Report and video by Surf Life Saving NSW