Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore SLSC receives government support for new facility
Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin today announced $15,000 to assist the Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore SLSC to construct their new storage facility and gymnasium.
Mr Franklin said the Surf Club is an essential part of the Ballina community. The financial assistance will assist in the construction of a new storage facility and will enable to Club to provide continued protection for beach goers.
“I am thrilled that the Liberal & Nationals Government can support the Club for the construction of not only the storage facility but also a members' gymnasium,” Mr Franklin said.
“The North Coast has some of the most beautiful swimming and surfing locations in the nation, which at times can be dangerous. That is why it is important to support our Surf Life Saving Club volunteers who do incredible work patrolling our beaches.”
Construction of the storage facility will complete the Club’s overall masterplan for the precinct. The masterplan also included the construction of the new Surf Club facility.
“Ballina Shire Council and the Club have committed significant funding for the project but the Club needed a final $15,000 to allow work to begin. The Government has answered the call and I am pleased that we can provide the funding to see this project commence,” Mr Franklin said.
The SLSC provided over 5,500 hours of voluntary patrol hours during the 2015/16 season. This included 13 rescues, 29 incidents of first aid and 416 preventative actions.
“Since the Club's new facility was opened in 2013, the club has thrived. I look forward to seeing the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore SLSC continue to grow and benefit the our local community for many years to come,” Mr Franklin said.