Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club will be better able to protect beachgoers after securing a $500,000 grant in the NSW Government’s 2021/22 Surf Club Facility Program.

The club was among 23 Surf Life Saving Clubs across NSW to share in more than $3.6 million for the upgrade, restoration and construction of surf life saving facilities as part of a four-year $16 million commitment from the NSW Government.

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, said the funding would ensure Cabarita Beach SLSC has modern facilities to keep the community safe at the beach.

“The Tweed Coast has some of the most beautiful and popular beaches in the country,” Mr Provest said.

“It’s vital that our local life savers have modern, fit-for-purpose facilities to enable them to protect both visitors and locals at our beaches.”

The funding will be used for works to improve the training, patrol and recreational areas of the club.

Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said the grants would ensure surf life saving volunteers continued to deliver a world-class service and keep beaches safe.

“Surf Life Saving Clubs provide a vital service, protecting people in the water and supporting a healthy lifestyle for members,” Mr Ayres said.

“These grants will provide funding for surf life saving facilities that are inclusive and accessible and enable people from all sections of the community to participate.

“Despite the challenges of the past few years, the commitment of our volunteer surf lifesavers to ensure our beaches were safe has been unwavering and every recipient is deserving of the NSW Government’s support.”

Surf Life Saving NSW President George Shales OAM said ensuring surf clubs across NSW were maintained and upgraded is vitally important.

“Our volunteers need safe, accessible and secure facilities in order to conduct their lifesaving work,” Mr Shales said.

“Many Surf Life Saving Clubs have been on the frontline in the last year, responding to incidents and emergencies including the recent flood disaster, many being set up as emergency evacuation centres to help support their communities.”

For the full list of recipients and further details on the Surf Club Facility Program visit: Surf Club Facility Program | NSW Government