- Lotterywest funding of $867,182 will go towards construction of the Surf Life Saving WA Development Centre
- New centre will include accommodation and facilities for training and storage
- Margaret River centre funded as part of Lotterywest's COVID-19 relief fund
The next generation of surf life savers will benefit from a wave of funds for the Surf Life Saving WA Development Centre in Margaret River.
The $867,182 in Lotterywest Grant funding will go towards the construction of the facility on Railway Terrace.
Once complete, the Surf Life Saving WA Development Centre will be able to accommodate approximately 100 people in lodge-style accommodation and provide facilities for training, equipment storage and administration.
The Development Centre will be a venue for Surf Life Saving and rescue volunteer training programs to up-skill members. There will also be 'nipper' development programs, youth development and leadership programs and camps.
The facility will be available to all Surf Life Saving clubs and other community organisations for club-based activities and camps.
It will also improve Surf Life Saving WA's capability to provide water safety and awareness programs, first aid courses and beach rescue services.
The grant was part of Lotterywest's $159 million COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti:
"Western Australians love their beaches - that's why the service of our surf life savers and the future of the surf life saving movement is so important.
"WA's beaches have been more popular than ever throughout the COVID-19 pandemic - but growth in beach usage brings with it an increase in potential dangers.
"This facility will help the State's surf life savers train and prepare for a range of scenarios to help keep beachgoers safe - now and into the future."
Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Reece Whitby:
"Volunteers are the backbone of the surf life saving movement - they give up their time to keep Western Australians safe and deserve the best facilities we can give them.
"The Surf Life Saving WA Development Centre will provide volunteers with opportunities for training and development and help connect the 23,000 members of the surf life saving community.
"The centre will form an important part of Surf Life Saving WA's youth engagement strategy, which encourages young people to join the movement through volunteering - ensuring the future looks bright."
Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie:
"This facility will be fantastic for Margaret River and will bring volunteers from all over the State to the region.
"Surf life saving has been a big part of my life for more than a decade and training and upskilling for members is so important to help keep our beaches safe."
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Volunteering Minister's office - 6552 6300