State boosts lifesavers building fund

THE Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club has received $100,000 in funding from the State Government.

Ballina MP and Minister for the North Coast Don Page made the announcement yesterday.

"The local members of the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore SLSC do an outstanding job patrolling our beaches," he said.

"This grant will assist the club in the construction of the long-awaited new clubhouse and patrol building at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina."

A development application for the new $5.8 million building is currently being assessed by Ballina Shire Council.

The two-storey, state-of-the-art building will include a patrol tower, cafe and function rooms.

The Federal Government has contributed $2.3 million to the project, with the council allocating $3.2 million and the surf club will put in $300,000.

Mr Page said volunteer lifeguards and junior lifesavers have continued their support for the club over a number of years, "despite the lack of adequate facilities such as hot showers and change rooms".

"These volunteers provide an invaluable service in keeping our beaches safe and teaching our kids the skills they need to be safe in the water," he said.

"I am pleased to see the NSW Government recognising the service our surf lifesaving clubs provide with this funding."

NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley, said the State Government was committed to Surf Life Saving NSW having upgraded facilities to support the hard work of surf lifesavers.

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