The Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) will receive a significant upgrade to its Point Lonsdale back beach base, thanks to an investment from the State Government.
$2.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2021/22 will provide an upgraded back beach base for the club’s 1,000 volunteer members to continue carrying out their life saving work safely and efficiently on one of Victoria’s most dangerous surf beaches.
This funding is in addition to previous funding that included $175,000 for a temporary back beach base for the club to operate out of over last years summer season.
At that time, local Member Lisa Neville worked with the club in securing this funding, recognising the importance of the back beach base in the clubs operations.
Point Lonsdale SLSC volunteers have ensured the safety of beachgoers since 1947, operating from the Point Lonsdale clubhouse, the Queenscliff beach base and the Point Lonsdale back beach base.
Key features of the upgraded base will include disability access, improved positioning of the communications and observation room and storage for rescue watercraft and lifesaving equipment.
Volunteer lifesavers will have more space for training and summer patrols, and the updated base will increase operational capability.
Point Lonsdale’s popular beaches are patrolled every summer by club volunteers. Last season, lifesavers performed 1,715 preventive actions, treated 12 minor and one major first aid case and undertook 17 rescues.
With significant population growth in Victoria, demand for services are increasing, which is why this investment is so important to ensuring the safety of all beachgoers.
The Government has recently allocated $28 million in the development of emergency services infrastructure. In addition to the Point Lonsdale SLSC back beach investment of $2.5 million, the Government has previously contributed $2.2 million to support the construction of the new clubhouse, due to open later this year.
A further $100,000 has gone to assist with the planning and design of the back beach base redevelopment to ensure construction of this facility can commence as soon as possible.
Quotes attributable to Bellarine Duty MP Gayle Tierney.
“I acknowledge the work Lisa Neville MP has done in partnership with the club in securing this significant funding”.
“The funding will ensure the dedicated Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club lifeguards and lifesavers can effectively patrol this beach over summer and well into the future.”
“I congratulate and thank the club, led by President Charlie Pitney, on their ongoing commitment and work in keeping beach goers safe. “