Local Surf Life Saving Clubs will be better equipped to protect people at the beach following the awarding of grants in the NSW Government’s 2020/21 Surf Club Facility Program.

The Burning Palms Surf Life Saving Club in Heathcote have received $46,399.00 under the program for Kitchen and Bathroom upgrades and I congratulate them on their successful project.

The Burning Palms SLSC volunteers do a fantastic job in protecting people visiting this remote location in the Royal National Park and this funding supports them in their efforts to continue to keep the community safe at the beach.

Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said Surf Life Saving Clubs were truly deserving of the NSW Government’s support.

“Despite the challenges of the last 12 months, our Surf Life Saving volunteers have never wavered in their commitment to ensuring people were safe at our beaches.

“I congratulate the successful applicants in this year’s program.”

President of Surf Life Saving NSW George Shales OAM saidensuring rescue facilities across NSW remained safe, accessible and secure was a top priority.

“Surf Life Saving Clubs are often the hub of their communities and our volunteer lifesavers should have access to fit-for-purpose facilities so they can focus on saving lives. This allows significant upgrades to surf club facilities to improve access for our 75,000 members,” Mr Shales said.

“With 129 clubs across the State, volunteer surf lifesavers performed 2,500 rescues, 141,000 preventative actions and 7,000 first aid treatments last year.”

For further information about the Surf Club Facility Program, including the list of recipients visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/SCFP