The Victorian Government today announced an additional $800,000 to be contributed to the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club, on top of the $1.5M already committed to the clubhouse redevelopment project in the past.
Labor Upper House Member for East Victoria and Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services, Harriet Shing, visited Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club this afternoon to announce the additional government funding, which will help to replace the existing building that was opened in 1960 with just five active members.
“LSV shares Cape Paterson SLSC’s excitement about the funding and potential to reach more people with education and lifesaving capabilities,” says LSV General Manager of Lifesaving Development, Andrew Foran. “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 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 government contributing $2.3M, as well as funds provided from a range of sources, including $600,000 from the Bass Coast Shire and $500,000 raised by club members.
The new clubhouse is expected to be completed in early 2019.
Premier Mr Daniel Andrews said the rebuild is part of a $6 million investment in last year’s Victorian Budget to redevelop clubhouses at a number of Victoria’s most popular swimming spots.
“The Victorian Government is delighted to support these much-needed clubhouse rebuilds, helping these everyday heroes continue to keep swimmers and other beachgoers safe,” says Mr Andrews.
“The new clubhouses will be terrific hubs – not just for club members and life savers, but the whole Cape Paterson and Portsea community,” says Minister for Emergency Services, Mr James Merlino.
In the past three years, the Government has contributed over $16M toward the redevelopment and urgent maintenance of lifesaving clubs. These funds not only make a difference for the club members, but ultimately work towards LSV’s goal of reducing fatal and non-fatal drownings and water-related injuries in Victoria.