The Victorian Government recently announced an additional $800,000 to be contributed to the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club, on top of the $1.5M already committed. The Victorian Government also announced an additional $650,000 to be contributed to the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club, on top of the $1.5M already allocated.

LSV General Manager of Lifesaving Club Development, Andrew Foran says the announcements will usher in a new era for the historic clubs.

“It’s an exciting announcement for all involved and is a great demonstration of the commitment the Victorian Government has to the re-development of lifesaving facilities,” says Andrew. “We look forward to welcoming more upgraded clubhouses to the communities we serve in the years to come.”

Labor Upper House Member for East Victoria and Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services, Harriet Shing, visited Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club to announce the additional government funding for both clubs.

For Cape Paterson SLSC, the funds will enable them to replace the existing building that was opened in 1960 with just five active members. The new clubhouse will create a modern facility with training rooms, flexible community spaces, change rooms, an administration office and other state-of-the-art features and is expected to be completed in early 2019.

The improvements to Portsea’s ageing clubhouse will take place over two stages. Stage one will see construction of a new road to the clubhouse, enabling rapid ambulance access with the existing clubhouse demolished and a new one built during stage two, with this work set to begin in November 2017.

Premier Mr Daniel Andrews said the rebuild is part of a $6 million investment in last year’s Victorian Budget to redevelop lifesaving clubs 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 Cape Paterson and 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.

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