Funding for Shoalhaven Surf Clubs

Mollymook Beach NSWThis year the NSW Government doubled the Surf Club Facility Grant Program to $4 million allowing surf clubs across the state to share in the funding boost and apply for grants of up to $400,000 to be used for infrastructure improvements.

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock today urged South Coast Surf Life Saving Clubs to take advantage of the opportunity to secure funding, with applications closing next Thursday.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our locals clubs such as Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club, Sussex Inlet Surf Life Saving Club and Nowra-Culburra Surf Life Saving Club and it would be a shame for them to miss out on their share,” Mrs Hancock said.

“Applications will close on 31 August 2017 so this is the last chance for our local clubs to submit their applications. I strongly encourage each club to apply as this financial year, surf clubs who had previously reached the maximum cap of $400,000 will be re-eligible for facility funding.

“Only last year Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club was awarded $40,000 to upgrade the club’s female and male toilet and shower facilities. Over the years the club has received a total of $390,000 to maintain and improve its facilities thanks to the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Grant Program.

“In 2013 Nowra-Culburra Surf Life Saving Club received a grant for $150,000 to see the upgrade of the club house’s balcony. So there is a real track record on the South Coast for this funding supporting our local clubs.

“Surf lifesavers make a great contribution to their communities and keep us and visitors safe on our beaches every year. Their clubs houses serve not just as a base for the volunteers but are used for a range of community events and a place for the surf lifesavers to train and teach others about water safety.

“I have already written to the South Coast clubs and their presidents advising them of this funding opportunity. If any feel that their club house is in need of upgrades or improvements I encourage them to apply for a grant. Time is running out and I would not want anyone to miss out, so please make sure you lodge a submission,” Mrs Hancock said.

Further details contact: Office of Shelley Hancock: 0408 681 294 or 4421 022

Publiched: 24 August 2017