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Gillespie officially opens new Federal-State funded Surf Life Saving Operations and Training Centre

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has officially opened the new multi-million dollar operations and training centre for Surf Life Saving NSW in Port Macquarie.

In late 2013, Dr Gillespie announced over $1-million in Federal funding would be provided to the project under the Coalition’s new $350-million Community Development Grants programme for the project. A further $1-million from the NSW Government was also secured by State MP Leslie Williams and construction commenced in June 2014.

The project includes a training space, administrative offices, a communications room, trainer’s accommodation base and a secure warehouse facility.

“This new surf lifesaving operations and training centre will support the region’s volunteer lifesavers by providing a centralised regional training and administrative facility,” Dr Gillespie said.

“Swimming at the beach is a favourite Australian pastime and our surf lifesaving volunteers perform a vital role in making many of our beaches safer for locals and tourists.

“I am told that 25 jobs were created during the construction of this project and five ongoing jobs have been created as a result of the project – delivering an important social and economic boost to our local community.

“I would like to acknowledge the financial support provided by the New South Wales Government and Surf Life Saving NSW.

“Congratulations to everyone involved for their efforts in establishing key training infrastructure to support our volunteer lifesavers.

The 900sqm three storey operations and training structure includes:

  • a secure equipment warehouse;
  • reception area;
  • common room;
  • 2 kitchens;
  • an 8 person meeting room;
  • six offices including a SurfComm radio room;
  • training area for up to 30 people;
  • accommodation for six male and six female trainers;
  • female, male and disabled toilet facilities.
  • large training area for up to 80 people;
  • outside deck area;
  • a lift;
  • 16 space car park; and
  • Landscaping

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