THE Wonthaggi Life Saving Club has received $175,000 from the State Government for a temporary facility, following a freak storm which caused structural issues for their clubhouse and other buildings.
Bass MP Jordan Crugnale announced the funding on Saturday morning, after club president Mark Scott had made a submission to council for $100,000 on May 22.
Mark thanked Ms Crugnale for her extensive effort in gaining support from the State Government; as well as his club members for their will to plan and action a temporary facility for the club in the short six-month period before peak season.
“This is a ray of hope on a massive project,” said Mr Scott.
Ms Crugnale reiterated her comments that they would “stand by” the club, following the recent hailstorm damage to the facility.
“A temporary facility will be in place while we continue to work with the lifesaving club, local community, council and structural engineers on the remediation of this important local service.
“It’s vital that we understand future engineering and coastal erosion issues in developing future plans for a rebuilt clubhouse so the club can continue providing their valuable service well into the future.”
This funding has been well received by the WLSC.
Mr Scott said it certainly takes the pressure off, but there’s a long way to go for their redevelopment plan.
The community can continue to help by donating to the Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/wonthaggi-bay-beach-redevelopment
Considering the majority of the club’s equipment is now in storage, vital equipment to conduct rescue services are down to a minimal and there’s a limited number of lifesavers out in action, visitors are warned to take caution in the water.
Mr Scott said there is only six months until holiday-goers and tourists come in their hundreds to the beach.
He said Ms Crugnale has helped achieved funding so services can continue, with the money covering the cost of huts and shipping containers.
The integrity of the clubhouse is being assessed, as will the building’s operational capabilities.
A coastal engineer has also been commissioned to advise on potential erosion issues in the future.
Once these issues are understood, decisions will be made around the future of the clubhouse.
“A good news weekend for our lifesaving services, we can now be up and set for summer, but we still have about two to three years of work ahead of us, so we’ll continue to work hard,” he said.