Funding saves lifesavers

BIGGER, better and safer will be the buzzwords used to describe Cape Paterson’s new surf life saving clubroom.

The clubroom is a step closer to development after Eastern Victorian Region MLC Harriet Shing announced a $2.3 million funding boost on Friday.

The club will receive a modern facility with training rooms, a community hall, change rooms and an administration office.

Lifesavers are now dealing with a cramped space with crumbling walls.

President Dean Manns said the clubroom was built in the 1970s.

“We were audited seven years ago and we found we would have to pay $250,000 to make the building safe, and then around $100,000 thereafter for maintenance,” he said.

The surf life saving club now has 430 members, a figure Mr Manns hopes will continue to grow once the new facility is complete.

“There’s a lot of focus on youth health and wellbeing. We have three or four Bronze Camps a year as well as school programs,” he said.

“Our new facility will expand our capacity for Bronze Camp participants by 25 percent.”

The project is expected to cost around $4 million. As well as the State Government’s $2.3 million, the project has received $600,000 from Bass Coast Shire Council and $500,000 from the club. The club is expected to make up the shortfall.

It is anticipated the project will be completed in 2019.

Ms Shing said club members had saved many lives and it was only fitting they should have appropriate facilities.

New facilities needed: a $2.3 million funding boost from the State Government will help fund a new Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club room for lifesavers like, from left, Nicola, Tom and Jess Manns.

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1 Comment for “Funding saves lifesavers”

  1. Ok , so now Wonthaggi SLSC is going to want the same funding. These clubs are within 1 kilometre of each other and work in together all the time. So why not just amalgamate. The public can’t be expected to endlessly fund such clubs (especially when they are dormant for 90% of the year). Woolamai SLSC cover Smiths beach, and it’s miles away! Also, I’d be checking those membership numbers for the Cape club, when your child does nippers you have to become a member, and nippers is very popular.

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