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Ministerial media release: NSW Budget: Surf club facility funding doubled to $4 million

June 2017

Surf Life Saving Clubs across NSW will be open to bigger and better upgrades after the NSW Government announced funding for club grants would be doubled to $4 million.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith made the announcement today at Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.

“From nippers to senior patrollers, members of Surf Life Saving Clubs provide an amazing service to the people of NSW,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“With 129 surf clubs across NSW, this $4 million investment will bring significant upgrades to surf club facilities, improving access for the 76,000 volunteer surf life savers.”

Mr Perrottet said more than $24 million in funding had been allocated over the past 12 years to make rescue facilities across NSW more safe, accessible and secure.

“We rely on the skill and passion of volunteer surf lifesavers to provide this service and this injection of funding will ensure lifesavers have the support they need to do their work,” Mr Perrottet said.
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the boost of funding will go toward vital upgrades.

“Surf Life Saving Clubs are home base for tens of thousands of volunteer lifesavers patrolling our beaches, allowing all age groups to learn about and contribute to water safety and this funding means they will be able to get on with saving lives," Mr Ayres said.

Surf Life Saving NSW Acting CEO Adam Weir said the increase in funding is recognition of the contribution surf life saving clubs make across the community.
“Not just an important home base for volunteers patrolling our beaches, surf clubs are hive of community activity, used for training courses, community gatherings and sporting events,” Mr Weir said.

In 2016/17 volunteer surf lifesavers performed almost 5,000 rescues, 126,000 preventative actions and 15,750 first aid treatments.

This financial year surf clubs who had previously already reached the maximum cap of $400,000 will be re-eligible for facility funding.

MEDIA: Stuart Wallace | Premier | 0409 166 932
Anna Hindson | Minister Ayres | 0437 094 873
Anna Hitchings | Treasurer | 0437 765 466