The NSW Nationals in the state government have announced $122,881 to upgrade facilities and improve accessibility at Blackhead Surf Life Saving Club, allowing it to operate as an emergency evacuation centre.
Nationals Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery, Steph Cooke, said the project would reduce the risk of the clubhouse suffering damage when faced with a fire or flood.
“The 2019-20 Black Summer bush fires had a significant impact on many townships in the Myall Lakes area and it’s important that we’re better prepared for any future disaster or challenge this community may face,” Ms Cooke said.
“This project is being funded through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and I’m pleased to report that the upgrade works are now underway.”
Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the works include weatherproofing, construction of new walls and soundproofing.
“Mitigation works to manage and beautify the cliff wall behind the clubhouse and weatherproof the south side of the building are vital to reduce the building’s bush fire risk, ensuring members of the local community can safely shelter in the event of a disaster,” Mr Bromhead said.
“The funding being announced will also improve the Surf Club’s audio-visuals with a new sound and video feed from the nearby Anzac memorial to go into the clubhouse. Additionally, beach matting will be installed and wheelchair access improved to enhance accessibility to our stunning beach for all.”
The NSW Government is also providing $10,000 from the Community Building Partnership program for plumbing works at Blackhead Surf Life Saving Club.