Minister for Sport and Recreation, Gabrielle Upton and Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams have announced $250,000 in funding to improve facilities at Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Club as part of the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Grant Program.
“The program assists with funding both major and minor projects at surf life saving clubs across NSW”, Ms Upton said.
“Projects funded include renovating clubhouses, installing sun shelters, improving amenities, increasing storage facilities and installing disabled access.
“Modern facilities make surf life saving activities more accessible which in turn encourages participation and improves beach goer safety.
“By investing in surf life saving clubs, the NSW Government is also helping to improve the health and wellbeing of our local communities,” Ms Upton added.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said “Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Club’s more than 400 members provide an invaluable service to our community year in year out in helping to ensure our beaches are safe throughout the surf season.
“This grant will assist the club to make greatly needed improvements to the Clubhouse including improve disabled access, upgraded toilet amenities and install a sun awning.
“The volunteers of the surf life saving movement deserve our support and I hope the funding announced today will benefit the Club and the local community now and into the future,” Mrs Williams said.
Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Club President, Pat Staunton said, “This substantial injection in funds means we can put into action the building upgrade plans that have been afoot since 1996.
”With the State Government on board to help with financial burden of these upgrades means that we can finally provide access to the facility for members of the community that have mobility restrictions.
”The upgrade to the club has been long overdue and means that we can bring the facilities up to a modern standard that enables the surf club to provide better beach safety for the community and tourists,” Mr Staunton said.
With 129 clubs and almost 77,000 members, Surf Life Saving NSW is one of the largest volunteer movements in Australia.
Tony Haven, Surf Life Saving NSW President, said surf lifesaving volunteers contribute more than 550,000 hours each season keeping the public safe on NSW beaches.
“Our dedicated volunteers, ordinary men and women who give up their time to protect the public, deserve to have safe and appropriate facilities in which to train and store vital rescue equipment."
"We are extremely pleased to see the NSW Government recognise the tremendous contribution of our members by supporting them in this way,” said Mr Haven.
Posted on 6 Mon, January, 2014
by Leslie Williams