THE Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Clubs will benefit from a multi-million dollar rebuild to help life savers get on with the job of keeping beachgoers safe.
Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services Harriet Shing visited Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club on Friday to announce extra funding for a new clubhouse to be built at Cape Paterson, replacing the existing dated 1960s building.
The club will receive an additional $800,000, on top of the $1.5m already committed to the clubhouse redevelopment project in the past.
Ms Shing was vocal in her support of the new lifesaving facility.
“Volunteer lifesavers at Cape Paterson have saved thousands of lives since their club was established.
“It’s only right that we fund the facilities that they need to maintain a presence on our beaches, to train and to increase marine safety.”
The rebuild of the Cape Paterson clubhouse will create a modern facility with training rooms, a community hall, change rooms, an administration office and other state-of-the-art features.
The project is expected to cost about $4 million, with the Labor Government boosting its investment to $2.3 million, ensuring the club can focus more on saving lives and less on fundraising to replace its worn out facilities.
President of the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving club Dean Manns was very gracious in accepting the grant of behalf of the lifesaving club.
“Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club is thrilled to be getting a brand new clubhouse, for us and the entire Cape and Wonthaggi communities to benefit from.
“We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Victorian Government, Bass Coast Shire and the local community for their funding support as the club goes through a period of significant growth.”
The project has also benefitted from $600,000 from Bass Coast Shire and $500,000 raised by club members, with the new facility expected to be completed in early 2019.
Lifesaving Victoria (LSV) general manager of Lifesaving Development, Andrew Foran said his organisation shared Cape Paterson SLSC’s excitement about the funding and potential to reach more people with education and lifesaving capabilities.
“It highlights our shared commitment to the re-development of lifesaving facilities around Victoria and we are looking forward to more upgrades in the New Year.”
The new clubhouse is expected to be completed in early 2019.