Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino paid a visit to Jan Juc SLSC on Friday 5 May, to officially announce a $2 million contribution from the State Government toward rebuilding its ageing lifesaving facility.
The funding is part of the $6 million announced for lifesaving facility redevelopments and urgent repairs.
Jan Juc SLSC’s facility is over 50 years old and ongoing maintenance is required. Volunteer members have been working to establish a new lifesaving facility since 2010 and this funding boost will ensure the project can now be delivered.
With the club’s 1000+ membership predicted to increase over the next decade, the funding will enable timely delivery of a new lifesaving facility with enough space to run the club’s burgeoning nippers program, as well as meet the needs of delivering lifesaving and volunteer training services and supporting the local community.
Minister Merlino said the government doesn’t want volunteers to worry about repairs to the old clubhouse.
“We want our hard working lifesaving volunteers focussed on keeping beachgoers safe and delivering their public education programs,” he said.
The new facility will enable the lifesaving club to expand its training and education programs and provide more room for local community groups hosting functions and meetings.
In addition to community meeting spaces and a function room, the lifesaving facility will also feature short-term accommodation for education and training camps, as well as a cafe open to the public.
LSV General Manager Lifesaving Club Development Andrew Foran says lifesaving facility development projects are driven by the needs of increased volunteer membership, increased requirements and delivery of lifesaving services, and the impact of the tough coastal environment on ageing facilities.
“We are grateful to the State Government for providing funding for these capital works, which will support our volunteers in providing vital water safety and rescue services across the state,” he said.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said that Jan Juc SLSC volunteers had also undertaken a lot of fundraising to help make this new clubhouse happen.
“It’s a testament to the dedication of the club and the community it supports,” she said.