Lifesaving Club Facilities Receive Funding Boost

As changing demographics, coastal population growth and increased beach visitations place pressure on volunteer lifesaving patrols, lifesaving club facilities need to evolve to ensure they remain fit for purpose and able to meet modern demands. An injection of $11.5M from the Victorian State Government in this year’s budget is a significant boost in the lifesaving facility renewal program.

“We welcome the news that further funding has been provided toward our much-needed lifesaving facility redevelopment projects,” says Andrew Foran, LSV’s General Manager Lifesaving Club Development. “We also acknowledge there is still funding needed for other facilities and will continue to work with clubs and the State Government to gain support for these projects.”

The funding will be distributed towards lifesaving facility projects at Black Rock LSC, Bonbeach LSC, Aspendale LSC and Mentone LSC. There will also be additional funding toward existing redevelopment projects at Cape Patterson SLSC, Ocean Grove SLSC and South Melbourne LSC.


  • Portsea SLSC: Construction has progressed well with dune stability design works now complete.
  • Edithvale LSC: Estimated construction starting time is September 2018.
  • Ocean Grove SLSC: Demolition has commenced.
  • South Melbourne LSC: Demolition is now complete and construction commences shortly.
  • Jan Juc SLSC: Construction starts soon – June/July 2018.
  • Cape Paterson SLSC: The will commence within the next two months.


The Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club was formed at a public meeting in the Wonthaggi RSL Clubrooms on 22 March 1960 and became affiliated with SLSA on 20 April 1960. There was, and still is, a Royal Life Saving Club (Wonthaggi) about a kilometre from the first surf beach.

Clinton Shiells, an ex-Torquay club captain – who was the Bass District Supervisor at the time – persuaded some senior members of the Wonthaggi Royal Life Saving Club to consider forming a Surf Life Saving Club after noticing a surge in the numbers of people surfing at the beach.

After a meeting on the sand-dunes and then at the local RSL, the club was decided to be a good idea and Mr Wally Purvis, of the well-known Gippsland building firm, was elected the first President. Ron Gilmour was the first Club Captain, Les Legg the first Boat Captain and Allan Birt (also the first Club Captain) was elected to the Committee.

The first clubhouse, a 3-metre by 10-metre fibro shed, was built near the site of the present boat ramp by the members in readiness for the 1960/61 season, which began with 5 active members and conducted its first carnival on 7 January 1962.

Now the club has 880 active members and a good aquatic sports record in carnivals. The club’s commitment to this active training and the diligence of the patrols has meant that there has never been a fatality at Cape Paterson Surf Beach.

As well as regular patrols, the club has organised a Nippers Program for 5-13-year-olds for much of its history and has introduced many young people to the skills and enjoyment of the surf. In the 2017/18 summer season, 14,806 people visited the patrolled section of Cape Paterson beach.

In 2018, a new lifesaving facility is planned to take the club into the future and to provide a fit-for-purpose, and sustainable, lifesaving facility for future generations of lifesavers, including descendants of those founding club members.

The new building will meet LSV Lifesaving Facility of the Future Guidelines and enable the club to meet the growing demands of its important community services, accommodate growing volunteer members and respond to increased visitor numbers.  All of this work is designed towards furthering LSV’s drowning prevention mission.

For more information about the club, visit

Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club will now be able to build a new clubhouse after securing funding in the state budget.#9News |

Posted by 9 News Gippsland on Friday, 4 May 2018


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