Surf clubs have a $16 million wave of funding – 16 News

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Applications are now open for a multi-million dollar funding round for the state’s Surf Life Saving Clubs to enable our iconic volunteers to continue their vital work of keeping people safe on the beach.

Sports Minister Natalie Ward said the Surf Club Facility Program, worth $16 million over four years, will build, develop and restore surf lifesaving facilities.

“We have about 130 Surf Life Saving Clubs in NSW that are hubs for our coastal communities,” Ms Ward said.

“This support will allow for significant improvements so that the 75,000 club members who do such important work as volunteers at our beaches across the state can focus on saving lives.”

The NSW Government has expanded the Program to enable volunteer lifeguards to continue their world-class service with up to $4 million in this round for projects including first aid rooms, training rooms and gymnasiums.

Twenty-nine Surf Life Saving Clubs shared $3.5 million in funding in 2020/21.

Among them was the Redhead Surf Life Saving Club in Lake Macquarie, which received $302,400 to upgrade the observation area, radio room, and first aid room. Elouera Surf Life Saving Club also received $302,500 and Thirroul Surf Life Saving club received $285,000.

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

“Last year our volunteer surf lifeguards performed more than 3,000 rescues, 143,000 preventative actions and 7,000 first aid treatments. The Surf Club Facility Program will improve the ongoing important community service our lifeguards deliver,” said Mr. Shales.

Applications for these grants close on January 21, 2022. Grants of up to $500,000 are available for each project. For more details, see https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/SCFP.

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