Bate Bay and Burning Palms surf clubs awarded state government grants totalling more than $730,000

Mark Speakman with Elouera SLSC officials - executive director David Kowald and deputy executive director Cameron Simpson. Picture: supplied
Mark Speakman with Elouera SLSC officials - executive director David Kowald and deputy executive director Cameron Simpson. Picture: supplied

Three Bate Bay surf life saving clubs, along with Burning Palms club in Royal National Park, have been awarded state government grants totalling more than $730,000 to upgrade buildings and equipment.

Grants from the 2020-21 Surf Club Facility Program include:

  • Elouera SLSC - ground floor refurbishment, $302,500.
  • Wanda SLSC - replacement of clubhouse roof, solar panel system and mechanical components on the roof, $236,466.
  • North Cronulla SLSC - fit out of equipment and gear storage facilities, $150,000.
  • Burning Palms SLSC - upgrade kitchen and bathroom, $46,399.

Cronulla SLSC missed out this year, but was awarded $500,000 in previous rounds to help with the redevelopment of its clubhouse.

The North Cronulla club was also previously awarded $350,000 for its new clubhouse, while Wanda club received $91,000 for toilets and change rooms.

Cronulla MP and Attorney-General Mark Speakman said surf clubs were among the most important community groups in Sutherland Shire.

"Surf club volunteers play a vital role in keeping our beaches safe," he said.

"In any typical season, our four Bate Bay clubs collectively provide over 40,000 hours of active duty, scores of rescues and many thousands of preventative actions, as well as first aid."

Heathcote MP Lee Evans said, "Burning Palms SLSC volunteers do a fantastic job in protecting people visiting this remote location in the Royal National Park and this funding supports them in their efforts to continue to keep the community safe at the beach".

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