- Victorian Coalition Government pledges $500,000 to the $2.6 million Seaspray Surf Life Saving Clubhouse
- Victorian Government invests a total of $1.5 million for the project
- Community appeal launched to raise the remaining funds
A new $2.6 million clubhouse for the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club (SSLSC) will be built behind the sand dunes to replace the current storm damaged facility.
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan on Wednesday announced that the Victorian Coalition Government would invest a further $500,000 towards the construction of the new clubhouse.
Mr Ryan said the $500,000 investment, provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, was on top of the $1 million the Victorian Government had already committed towards the development, bringing its total investment to $1.5 million.
Speaking at Sporting Legends in Sale, Mr Ryan also launched a community appeal on behalf of the SSLSC to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the project.
“The community has already done a tremendous job raising $250,000 towards the project with support from the Rotary Club of Sale Central, the Maffra Lions Club and Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club members,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club is looking for further support from the communities of Sale, Maffra and Heyfield, particularly those who rely on the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club’s volunteers to keep them safe at the beach, to help reach its target.”
Mr Ryan said the club was also seeking corporate sponsors and support from local businesses, including financial contributions or in-kind donations of goods and services.
Mr Ryan said the plans for the new clubhouse have it positioned at the rear of the dunes for protection from the elements.
“An observation tower will be built on the beach which will have radio contact with the main clubhouse,” Mr Ryan said.
“This new facility will enable the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club to deliver its core emergency services, as well as offering additional opportunities for community groups.
“The dining and conference facilities will overlook the iconic 90 mile beach and will be available for hire.
“Importantly, the project will also create new jobs during construction and on completion of the re-development which is good news for the Seaspray community.”
Mr Ryan said the Seaspray beach was rated as one of the seven most dangerous in the state by Life Saving Victoria, meaning it was vitally important that the town had a strong Surf Life Saving Club with a modern and well-equipped clubhouse.
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien welcomed the investment and commended local volunteers for their vital work in protecting our beaches.
“The Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club has 312 dedicated members who volunteer their time to protect those on the beach during the summer months,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The club runs a popular Nippers program as well as other youth development training programs, providing vital training to our up and coming life savers.
“I encourage the Gippsland community, particularly regular visitors to Seaspray to support the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club in raising the remaining funding needed to complete this vitally important project.”
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