Today the NSW Government announced Surf Life Clubs will soon be able to share in a $4 million boost to surf club facilities funding.
Surf Life Saving Clubs put their lives on the line to patrol our beaches saves the lives of locals, visitors and tourists. From nippers to senior patrollers, members of Surf Life Saving clubs provide an amazing service to the people of NSW.
This $4 million boost will bring significant upgrades to surf club facilities, improving access for volunteer surf life savers who give up their time to keep people safe.
More than $24 million in funding had been allocated in the past decade to make rescue facilities across NSW more safe, accessible and secure.
Surf lifesaving clubs are home base for our tens of thousands of volunteer lifesavers patrolling our beaches, allowing all age groups to learn about and contribute to water safety.
We rely on the skill and passion of volunteer surf lifesavers to provide this service and this vital injection of funding will ensure lifesavers have the support they need to do their important work through improving the standard and quality of surf lifesaving clubs in NSW.
Surf Life Saving NSW said the increase in funding is recognition of the contribution surf lifesaving clubs make across the community.
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 reached the maximum cap of $400,000 will be re-eligible for facility funding.