Surf life saving clubs in bushfire and drought affected areas across NSW will be prioritised for assistance, as applications open today for $4 million of funding.
Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said surf life saving clubs are vital community hubs.
“During the recent bushfires, surf life saving clubs up and down our coastline became places of refuge, as thousands were evacuated,” said Mr Barilaro.
“These clubs and the amazing volunteers who run them don’t just save people from drowning, they perform a vital role in helping our community in times of crisis.”
Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said grants of $30,000 to $350,000 were available from the NSW Government for upgrade, restoration and construction projects.
“Surf clubs are a crucial part of our society and we need to make sure we protect and upgrade their facilities to keep them modern and versatile,” said Mr Lee.
“When bushfires or drought affect a community, the surf club is often the focal point which unites people and gives them a safe place to share their stories in hard times.”
“The benefits of surf clubs extend far beyond the beach so it is important we help upgrade these facilities so they continue to play their important role for future generations.”
In recent years the program has supported the installation of disabled access ramps at Maroubra Surf Lifesaving Club, clubhouse renovations at Warilla-Barrack Point Surf Lifesaving Club and the refurbishment of Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club.
Chief Executive of Surf Life Saving NSW Steve Pearce said ensuring rescue facilities across NSW remained safe, accessible and secure was a top priority.
“Surf Life Saving Clubs are home base for our volunteers, and this investment allows significant upgrades to improve access for our 75,000 volunteers,” Mr Pearce said.
“With 129 clubs across the State, volunteer surf lifesavers performed 3800 rescues, 197,000 preventative actions and 10,000 first aid treatments last year.”
All NSW Surf Life Saving Clubs are encouraged to apply.
For details visit: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/SCFP
Source: 16 News http://www.16news.com.au/index.php/2020/02/25/supporting-our-surf-life-saving-clubs/