AFTER thousands of hours of tin rattling and sausage sizzles, the efforts of the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club have been rewarded, with $1 million in Federal Government funding.
And demolition work will start this October, so the new building will be ready for the 2019-20 summer.
Boasting spectacular ocean views, the new clubhouse will be used by students on camps, club members and the community.
Building project manager Kate McLoughlin said it was a project supported by all three tiers of government, with $600,000 from the Bass Coast Shire Council and $3.3 million from the State Government.
That’s on top of around $500,000 raised by club members.
“It’s a facility needed by the community,” Kate said.
“We have dorm rooms for training camps so students can learn lifesaving skills. We regularly have camps involving students from Wonthaggi, Koo Wee Rup and elsewhere.
“But it also means over summer our lifesavers can stay here if they don’t have accommodation nearby.
“We’re totally volunteer run. All our committee members, lifesavers, everyone.”
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said the funding’s a fantastic outcome for the community.
“This rebuild will also have major economic and social benefits across the community including jobs during construction, provide improved beach access for patrols while catering for the significant increase in the club’s membership,” Mr Broadbent said.
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