The Victorian Government today announced an additional $650,000 to be contributed to the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club, on top of the $1.5M already allocated to the $9M Portsea clubhouse revamp.
LSV General Manager of Lifesaving Development, Andrew Foran says the announcement will usher in a new era for the historic club and its 2400 members.
“It’s an exciting announcement for all involved and shows the commitment the Victorian Government has to the re-development of lifesaving facilities,” says Mr Foran. “We look forward to welcoming more upgraded clubhouses to the communities we serve in the years to come.”
The improvements to Portsea’s ageing clubhouse will take place over two stages. Over the next few weeks, stage one will see construction of a brand new road to the clubhouse, enabling rapid ambulance access.
The existing clubhouse will be demolished and a new one built during stage two, with this work set to begin in November 2017.
Mornington Peninsula Shire is also contributing $1 million to the project, with the remaining funds being raised from generous local community supporters and members who have rallied behind the club.
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 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.