SURF clubs across the Tweed have received $4 million in Government funding to upgrade their facilities.
During the 2016/17 patrol season, volunteer surf lifesavers performed 5,000 rescues, 126,000 preventative actions and 15,750 first aid treatments on NSW beaches.
Now, surf clubs on the Tweed will be able to improve their skills even further and upgrade their facilities after receiving $4 million in Government funding in which they will all share.
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Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said members of Surf Life Saving Clubs put their lives on the line to patrol our beaches and save 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,” Mr Provest said.
“This $4 million boost will bring significant upgrades to surf club facilities, improving access for volunteer surf lifesavers who give up their time to keep people safe in Tweed.”
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said 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,” Mr Ayres said.
“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 Acting CEO Adam Weir said the increase in funding is recognition of the contribution surf lifesaving clubs make across the community.
“Not just an important home base for volunteers patrolling our beaches, surf clubs are a hive of community activity, used for training courses, community gatherings, and sporting events,” Mr Weir said.
“This massive funding boost is a huge vote of confidence in our volunteers and will ensure they have the support they need to do this lifesaving work.”
This financial year surf clubs who had previously reached the maximum cap of $400,000 will be re-eligible for facility funding.