Surf Coast Shire Review Signals Council Support

Lifesaving clubs in the Surf Coast Shire are set to benefit from the recent “Review of Council’s support for lifesaving” report, which recognised the significant role lifesaving plays in the Surf Coast community.

LSV President Tom Mollenkopf said the Council’s endorsement of the report was a significant boost to lifesaving in the region and will allow clubs to develop and meet growing demands.

“Life Saving Victoria is pleased to have worked in cooperation with the Surf Coast Shire Council and arrived at an agreement that provides clear support for the movement of lifesaving on the surf coast,” he said.

“What this means for surf coast lifesaving clubs is not only do they have council endorsement for the community service they perform, but they also have a formal pathway to seek funding support for club redevelopment activities.”

The council has agreed to support lifesaving, volunteers, communities, and visitors by:

  • Considering financial contributions of up to $250,000 for lifesaving facility redevelopments (hopefully befitting Jan Juc and Anglesea redevelopments); and
  • Encouraging lifesaving club participation in Council’s community grants program.

Three key acknowledgements were made in the report:

  • Lifesaving plays significant role in the local community, the economy and tourism.
  • There are increasing demands through growing population and beach visitation.
  • Contemporary facilities can play a role in: “generating operational income and a trading profit, and are therefore fundamental to the financial sustainability and independence of SLS clubs.”

The full review can be downloaded from the Surf Coast Shire’s website.

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