The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says the Waratah Beach Surf Lifesaving Club is in desperate need of funds to bring its clubrooms in Sandy Point up to standard.
Mr O’Brien was speaking after meeting with Waratah Beach SLC President Richard Tremewen, Captain Keegan Clarke and Director Chris Cope at the clubrooms.
“There is no denying that the Waratah Beach SLC and patrolled beach are fundamental to Sandy Point being the much-loved regional tourism destination that it is which is why it is so concerning to see that the clubrooms are such need of refurbishment,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The clubrooms are in need of serious work, most notably to replace the roof which has rusted and is allowing water into the building.
“There is also a clear need for new toilets and changerooms to improve the functionality of the rooms for patrol and club members.”
Mr O’Brien said he had written a letter of support and hoped that the club would have been successful in obtaining much needed fund from the 2021 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) but had unfortunately been notified that the club’s application had not been successful.
“I am aware that the club has made a number of attempts to secure funding over the past couple of years and it’s disappointing that all efforts have proven unsuccessful despite the clear demonstrated need.
“With over 600 current members and an aim to increase that to around 900, it is clear that the Waratah Beach SLSC is a huge asset to Sandy Point and its surrounding communities.
“It’s time for the state government to acknowledge that and ensure its volunteers have safe, modern facilities.
“I am now calling on the Andrews Labor Government to ensure this much-loved and needed club get the funds they desperately need.”