CAPE Paterson Surf Life Saving Club president Dean Manns said the club had wondered how it was going to cover the $1 million shortfall to build its new club house.
That’s no longer a problem after the club received the “absolutely amazing” news on Friday from Eastern Victoria MLC and Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services Harriet Shing.
She said this year’s state budget will provide an additional $1 million on top of the $2.3m allocated from previous years for the club’s building redevelopment.
“There’s been so much hard work done by our building team, coordinating architects, liaising with local council, State and Federal government so everyone knew how desperately this club’s facilities needed an upgrade,” President Manns said.
“This funding gets us across the line and financial to get the ball rolling.
“Every single sausage sizzled, coffee that’s been made, trivia night, raffle, tin rattle and many other functions have helped us raise the $500,000 to contribute to the project alongside the support from the Victorian Government and the Bass Coast Shire.”
President Manns said “we’re not done yet”.
“There is still some way to go for the club, continuing to put its energy towards further fundraising to complete the fit out, furnishings and landscaping.
“The club’s building has served us well since the 1960s but we welcome this upgrade with open arms,” he said.
“It gives us more space and modern facilities to keep up with the demands of our membership,” he said.
“This way we can continue to serve the Cape Paterson beachgoers and be a community asset for another 50 years.”
The new state of the art facilities will include more space to support volunteer lifesaver summer patrols, change rooms, education and training rooms and a community hall.