Council boosts new surf club funds

WELLINGTON Shire Council has committed $270,000 toward the development of the new Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club.

The contribution will help ensure the project is delivered as planned.

The funding appeal has secured $2,223,305 of the $2,988,305 required to build the new, relocated facility, through community fund raising efforts, volunteer contributions and state government grants.

Council’s contribution closes the gap on sourcing all funds required for the project.

Mayor Carolyn Crossley said council was delighted to be able to support the project, which the club had been working on for a long time.

“The state government has already made a significant financial contribution to this project, with our local member Peter Ryan announcing $500,000 towards the project in June,” she said.

“That council can now lend our support in partnership with the government and Surf Lifesaving Australia will mean the club’s vision is now very close to fruition. I would urge the community and local businesses to throw their support behind what will not only be a fantastic outcome for the club but also for Seaspray, Wellington and Gippsland to fund the last $200,000 needed to complete the project.”

Over the past few years, council officers have worked with the committee to prepare the designs for the site and assist with the planning requirements.

“Council has played an important role in the development of this project and we are pleased to confirm that we will continue to do so as the new clubhouse is built,” Cr Crossley said.

“Following storms in winter 2007, the location of the existing clubhouse was placed at risk. It was quickly identified that relocation of the clubhouse was necessary to ensure the continued operation of this valuable community facility.

“The passion and drive of the volunteer team behind this project is immense, and demonstrates a great commitment,” Cr Crossley said.

“This development will ensure the future of the club by providing modern facilities and programs and help to grow the tourism industry by providing space for events as well as enabling continued and increased provision of life saving services for the patrolled beach.”