Four Northern Beaches Surf Life Saving Clubs have received nearly $750,000 for facility upgrades.
The Northern Beaches Surf Rescue Clubs (SLSC) have again received a substantial share of the New South Wales Government’s $4 million annual grant under the Surf Club Facilities Scheme . Last year, Northern Beaches clubs received $482,000. In 2020, they received over $912,000.
SLSCs Freshwater, Warriewood, Mona Vale (main image) and Bilgola will share $741,710 in grants this year, supporting projects ranging from kitchen and balcony upgrades to improving equipment storage and installing solar panels.
Pittwater MP and New South Wales Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the new funding comes on top of more than $6 million provided by the government of New South Wales in recent years to support surf club infrastructure projects, including the recently completed redevelopment of Mona Vale. SLSC, the refurbishment of Queenscliff SLSC and the redevelopment of Long Reef SLSC.
“It’s really exciting to see the major investment continue in our local surf clubs. Pittwater has the best beaches in Sydney and the funding we have secured over the past few years directly supports capital improvements with great benefits. wingspan.
“Our local surf clubs play a vital role in keeping beaches safe, but they are also essential and versatile community facilities used by dozens of local groups and associations.
“Warriewood Surf Club is one of the biggest beneficiaries of this year’s program, receiving over $360,000 for other clubhouse upgrades. This is in addition to other major funding allocations the club has secured in recent years, now totaling over $1 million.
“I’m thrilled that we’re securing record funding for our local surf clubs and can’t wait to see the next round of projects kick off,” said Minister Stokes.
The four Northern Beaches scholarships awarded are:
- Fresh water: $150,000 to renovate the kitchen and bar of the Freshwater Room
- wood of war: $370,000 to continue building renovations in conjunction with the Northern Beaches Council to add a kitchen, upgrade the clubroom floor and install a roof over a balcony
- Mona Val: $110,000 for the installation of a shelving system for rescue boards, clipboards and snowboard skis
- Bilgola: $112,000 to install a solar panel and battery system and improve the storage of the inflatable rescue boat (IRB)
The New South Wales Government Surf Club Facilities Program offers grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 to SLSCs who meet the eligibility criteria. The program awards a total of $4 million per year with $16 million committed over a four-year period. Northern Beaches surf clubs have so far received over $2 million in three years.
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