Life savers plea for more time

NEW clubrooms for Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club are still proposed – only just later than planned.
Club president Craig Watson last Wednesday asked South Gippsland Shire Council for more time to build the new complex.
Council promised the club it would allocate $150,000 to the new clubrooms, but the club has not been able to source $2.5 million from the State Government in the mean time.
Council’s funding pledge was conditional on the club obtaining the required funding by June 30, 2019.
Mr Watson asked council to rollover the funds for a further 12 months. Council will consider the request in 2019.
Mr Watson is confident of securing state funding, saying the process of seeking funds had taken longer than he expected as the club was lower on funding priority lists than other clubs.
“The building itself is in very good condition and we are being punished for how well we have maintained it,” he told council.
The new clubrooms will not only service the club but also provide a larger venue for the community to use. Cr Jeremy Rich felt any café at the clubrooms could be an ideal venue for selling local produce.
Mr Watson said more Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay residents had joined the club, which continues to set new records for patrol hours, number of beach users and fewer first aid cases.
The club now has a record 546 members who in 2018 patrolled for 3335 hours and serviced 14,197 beach users.
The club welcomed a record 181 Nippers in 2018, won a record 34 medals at Victorian championships and also received 216 new lifesaving awards.
The current life saving season started on December 1 and will continue until Easter. Nippers starts on December 27 and the club’s Tarwin River Marathon – to raise awareness of river safety – is on December 28.
A local business owner is set to join the club’s board and take responsibility for fundraising.


Forward thinking: an artist’s impression of how the new Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s clubrooms may look.

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