Cabarita Beach and Fingal Rovers surf lifesaving clubs have been awarded a combined $270,000 in new grants by the NSW Nationals in the state government.
Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest announced Cabarita Beach SLSC will receive $223,687 for extra training rooms and other critical upgrades, while Fingal Rovers SLSC will get $44,259 to go solar and to fit out their kiosk.
Mr Provest said the money from the NSW Nationals in the state government’s 2020/21 Surf Club Facility Program followed an investment last month to secure the 2021 Tweed Coast Pro, which will take place from June 19 to 25 and showcase the Tweed to a global television audience.
“Surf lifesaving in the Tweed is about much more than preventing drownings. It our way of life and it supports jobs, the economy and volunteerism and youth,” Mr Provest said.
Surf Life Saving NSW President George Shales said ensuring rescue facilities across NSW remained safe, accessible, and secure was a top priority.
“This allows significant upgrades to surf club facilities to improve access for our 75,000 members,” Mr Shales said.
With 129 clubs across the state, volunteer surf lifesavers performed 2500 rescues, 141,000 preventative actions, and 7000 first aid treatments last year.