Terrigal SLSC will receive $500,000 in funding. Picture: Facebook

Regional NSW SLSCs benefit from new wave of grants

Cabarita Beach and Terrigal surf life saving clubs are the two biggest winners in the latest round of the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program grants for 2021-22 with each receiving $500,000 for critical works. The program awards a total of $4m per year with $16m committed over a four-year period. 

Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club received funding for improvements and additions to its female and male change rooms and toilets, construction of a club training room and members’ gym.

Cabarita Beach Surf Lifesaving Club will fund upgraded facilities to its training, patrol and recreational areas in the first two stages. Stages Three and Four will include new and upgraded provision of disability access and universally designed amenities.

North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club received $412,379 for the Peryman Memorial Pool Refurbishment Project which includes refurbishing the existing swimming pool’s internal structure with the installation of new anti-slip pool tiling on internal floors, walls and pool deck, hobs and gutters, new pool safety fencing and decking surrounding the concrete pool edge. Installation of a solar panel system, battery storage and pool heat pump will extend the use of the pool over the winter months and reduce gas and electricity costs. Around the same time the funding was being announced, a crane was brought in to move the North Cronulla lifeguard tower, which was close to falling into the sea after big surf undermined the structure on the weekend.

The move was decided upon at an early morning meeting between Sutherland Shire mayor Carmelo Pesce, council chief executive Manjeet Grewal and director of infrastructure Peter Hazeldine.

Warriewood Surf Club received $369,925 for further clubhouse improvements adding to other major funding allocations the club has secured in recent years, totalling more than $1m.

Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club Inc was next with funding of $210,079 which will go to priority upgrade works at the club’s existing two-level surf club, including courtyard renovations.

NSW Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the new funding is in addition to more than $6m provided by the NSW Government in recent years to support surf club infrastructure projects, including the recently completed redevelopment of Mona Vale SLSC, the refurbishment of Queenscliff SLSC and the redevelopment of Long Reef SLSC.

“Our local surf clubs perform a vital beach safety role – but they’re also essential, multi-purpose community facilities used by dozens of local groups and associations,” he said.

For the full list of recipients click here.

Cabarita Beach SLSC will also receive half a million in funding. Picture: Visit NSW

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