WA surf club wins funding battle for new facilities

March 23, 2021
Grant Jones

Swanbourne-Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club has been promised more than $1.1 million to replace the women’s shared single toilet and just four showers among the club’s 350 female members.

The outdated and limited facilities of the Club west of Perth often resulted in long waits and privacy concerns.

“Privacy is an issue for the women because if a door to the showers is opened you can see right through to where someone could be showering,” club deputy president Lucy Gunzberg said in January.

The Club has been pledged $610,000 from the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants Program, while WA Labor made a $500,000 election pledge.

The Club is now set to get a $1.7m revamp as part of proposal to modernise the club.

Club president Luke Bishop said construction could start mid-year and completed by late-summer 2022.

ClubTIC recently reported on Surf Life Saving Clubs are scrambling for funds to upgrade facilities with ageing structures becoming increasingly decrepit and unusable.

Often at the heart of delays are a lack of finances, physical issues due to their location and age, in addition to concerns about existing historic buildings.

SLSA is the largest volunteer movement in Australia with more than 173,000 members and 314 affiliated surf clubs across the nation. 

In February, the Federal Government announced an additional $9.7m in funding for SLSA, but that will go to equipment and skills training, not infrastructure.


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