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Birubi Point SLSC set to upgrade facilities


The Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) can now progress with plans to upgrade its facilities after securing a handy windfall.

The Anna Bay organisation picked up $111,790 for the construction of a shade structure to protect patrolling members, nippers and families from harsh weather conditions.

Birubi Point was one of 32 clubs to receive grants under the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program.

“In Port Stephens, we value our amazing surf lifesaving volunteers,” Port Stephens MP Kate Washington said.

“We are incredibly grateful to them for the enormous amount of time and effort they dedicate to keeping beachgoers safe.

“At the end of what’s been a challenging season, I’m delighted the NSW Government is delivering improved facilities for the club, supporting them as they support our community.”

Others throughout the region to benefit from the initiative were Merewether, Dixon Park, Swansea Belmont and The Lakes SLSCs.

Merewether was awarded $357,426.51 for vital upgrades and repairs to its roof and electrical systems, while Dixon Park snared $41,868.37 to fix its female toilets and replace the clubhouse’s oceanfront doors and windows.

Swansea Belmont SLSC collected $38,462 to enhance its CCTV system as part of an overall clubhouse security upgrade, with The Lakes SLSC capturing $31,511 for the installation of solar panels, lighting upgrades and a replacement garage door. 

The NSW Government allocated $16 million to the program over four years.

This was recently boosted by an additional $5 million in the 2023/24 NSW State Budget as part of a $23 million funding increase to Surf Life Saving NSW to better protect beachgoers and reduce drownings.

“NSW clubs deliver a world-class service, protecting swimmers in the water and keeping people safe at the beach,” Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said.

“Rain, hail or shine, surf lifesavers never waiver in their commitment to protecting the community.

“And, likewise, the NSW Government will not waiver in its support of these incredible volunteers.

“That’s why we are providing $21 million over four years to ensure our surf life saving clubs have wonderful, inclusive and accessible facilities.”

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