Gippsland South Sport and Recreation Volunteers

Local groups granted money to ramp up safety

Two community organisations in Gippsland South will be better protected against the threat of crime with Rosedale Men’s Shed and Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club sharing in more than $13,000 in the latest round of the Community Safety Fund.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said Waratah Beach SLSC would receive $10,000 to install a new locking system with Rosedale Men’s Shed granted $3,590 to install alarms.

“Recreation and community groups like these two rely on large volunteer contributions and when vandals break in, damage and steal essential equipment it creates financial hardship and often the groups just don’t have the funds to replace the stolen goods,” Mr O’Brien said.

“That’s why the former Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government established these grants – to help community organisations to bolster security at their facilities to prevent damage and create a safer environment for their members and the wider community.”

Mr O’Brien visited both groups this week to discuss how the grant would assist.

During his visit to Waratah Beach’s Sandy Point clubhouse, Mr O’Brien heard that the club had been a victim of vandalism and break ins, in part due to its isolation over the dune and out of sight from the rest of Sandy Point town.  This funding will enable the club to install a new locking system that would deter theft and prevent unauthorized entry but also allow it to better share facilities with other groups such as the South Coast Boardriders.

“The volunteers at the club do a fantastic job of protecting the community on the beach over summer so it’s fitting that the club has been granted this funding to protect its facility and improve safety for members,” Mr O’Brien said.

During a visit to Rosedale’s Men’s Shed, Mr O’Brien heard how the grant would better protect the group’s assets.

“The group will use the funding to install motion sensors with an alarm system, internal and external sirens and keypad door access to secure their tools and equipment and deter potential theft,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The volunteers at Rosedale Men’s Shed do a fantastic job engaging men in the community who would otherwise spend much more time sitting at home alone, so it’s great that they have received this funding to keep their equipment safe.”

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