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Newcastle surf clubs’ secure $400,000 windfall

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Two Newcastle surf life saving clubs will benefit from almost $400,000 in funding, thanks to an NSW Government initiative.

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

Surf Life Saving NSW president Peter Agnew welcomed the news.

“The volunteer patrol season has only just finished, with our more than 20,000 active surf lifesavers performing over 4,600 rescues, one million preventative actions and almost 20,000 first aid treatments,” he said.

“It’s been one of our busiest in years.

“The state government’s Surf Club Facility Program has always contributed greatly to the ongoing important community service our lifesavers deliver, through enhanced facilities to ensure our lifesavers are rescue ready, trained and equipped appropriately.

“Our clubs also act as key community hubs, promoting inclusivity and social cohesion.

“So, this investment assists all the community.

“And, I thank the government on behalf of Merewether and Dixon Park.”

At least $16 million has been allocated to the program over the past four years.

“Newcastle’s surf life saving volunteers are the unsung heroes of our community, protecting locals and visitors in the water,” Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp said.

“These grants will contribute towards the development of modern, fit-for-purpose facilities that enables them to better serve the community and continue to deliver a world-class service.”

NSW Minister for Sport Steve Kamper agreed.

“Rain, hail or shine, surf lifesavers never waver in their commitment to protecting the community and likewise, the NSW Government will not waver in its support of these incredible volunteers,” he said.

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

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