Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino officially opened Mordialloc LSC’s new $4 million clubhouse, just in time for summer.
Mr Merlino was joined by Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson and Kingston Mayor Cr David Eden on a sunny morning in Mordialloc to open the new clubhouse on 19 December 2016.
The new lifesaving facility is a significant upgrade Mordialloc LSC, which has seen a significant increase in its membership, now exceeding 600 members.
The new facility has more space to store the club’s emergency equipment, a new observation tower and a large function and training room.
The new building also houses Mordialloc’s Indigenous Gathering Place, which provides the broader community the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture and meet with the local Aboriginal community.
“The new Mordialloc lifesaving clubhouse and Indigenous Gathering Place is a well-deserved facility for the local community,” Mr Merlino said.
The hard work of Mordialloc LSC members was acknowledged during the opening, by Mr Richardson, who said: “Mordialloc lifesavers do an incredible job, making sure locals don’t get into trouble at the beach and rescuing them if they do.”
“It is vital they have the resources and facilities they need to keep swimmers safe and this new clubhouse will make a real difference.”
As a reminder to Victorians of their responsibilities around water, Mr Merlino added that while
lifesavers do incredible work, they can’t be everywhere. He urged all Victorians to remember when enjoying the water to always swim between the flags and always swim with a friend.
The clubhouse upgrade project was made possible by a $1 million contribution from the LSV Capital Works program, and $2.94 million from the City of Kingston Council.
Mordialloc LSC also raised an impressive $100,000 for the new building through fundraising appeals.