LABOR COMMITS FUNDS FOR SURF LIVE SAVING CLUB

Labor will rebuild the Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club, committing $2.675 million in the first major injection into the club since it was built.

Announcing the major upgrade at the start of the surf lifesaving season at the club’s open day, Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said the money would go towards keeping one of Victoria’s most popular beaches safe.

The upgrade will see a major extension of the facilities with new bathrooms, change facilities, storage areas and training rooms. The clubrooms will also have a catering and meals space to allow for functions, such as the national surf club meets.

“This club is run by people who live in Ocean Grove – this investment is repaying these volunteers for keeping the water safe at Ocean Grove,” Lisa Neville said.

“This is one of the country’s best bits of beach – people come from all over the country to Ocean Grove – but the club has told us it needs to be revamped.

“This will be a partnership between the club and a Labor government to ensure that the club has the facilities to allow it to grow and continue to do the important work it does every summer – saving our lives.” Ms Neville said.

Background

The Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club was founded in 1948 and has largely relied on donations from the public to operate.

The club currently has nearly 800 members, with half of those being ‘nippers’.