Point Lonsdale SLSC is on track to establish its new $4.5 million lifesaving facility, receiving $1.5 million from the State Government as part of the 2017/18 state budget.
Minister for Police, Minister for Water and Bellarine MP Lisa Neville visited the club on Monday 1 May to make the funding announcement.
The funding will kick off the project to replace the present building, which was constructed in the 1960’s and has been outgrown by the club’s 1100+ volunteer members.
Point Lonsdale SLSC president Matthew Ponsford said the $1.5 million funding announcement is the largest single financial contribution the club has received from the Victorian Government in its 70 years of operation and provides a welcome kick-start to fundraising efforts.
“This significant contribution from the Victorian Government will help to see our plans move much closer to becoming a reality,” he said.
In March 2016, the club also received a transfer of additional land formerly owned by the Borough of Queenscliffe and adjoining the current location of the club, which will provide space for the club to upgrade and expand its facilities.
The new lifesaving facility will include more space for lifesaving equipment storage, as well as a junior meeting place, additional volunteer training space, a kitchen, bar and function facilities, meeting rooms and an administration area.
LSV General Manager Lifesaving Club Development Andrew Foran expressed his appreciation to the State Government for providing funding to commence this important capital works project for Point Lonsdale SLSC.
“This contribution will enable the club to further progress the planning phase of the project and attract other stakeholders to contribute funds,” he said.
“The new lifesaving facility will deliver a range of great benefits to the local community, as well as visitors to the Borough of Queenscliffe.
“In recent years, we have seen significant increases in active volunteer membership and volunteer patrol hours at clubs that have received new facilities and we expect that the Point Lonsdale community and visitors will reap the rewards of this new project.”