$4 MILLION SURF CLUB FUND OPENS Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has announced Surf Life Saving Clubs across Tweed can now apply for funding for infrastructure improvements as part of the $4 million state-wide boost to surf club facilities funding. Mr Provest said Surf Life Saving Clubs across NSW are set to benefit from record funding from this year’s budget which will improve facilities which help save the lives of locals, visitors and tourists. “Surf lifesaving clubs are home base for our tens of thousands of volunteer lifesavers patrolling our beaches, allowing all age groups to learn about and contribute to water safety,” Mr Provest said. “We rely on the skill and passion of volunteer surf lifesavers to provide this service and this vital injection of funding will ensure lifesavers have the support they need to do their important work through improving the standard and quality of surf lifesaving clubs in NSW.” Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said more than $24 million in funding had been allocated in the past decade to make rescue facilities across NSW more safe, accessible and secure. “Not just an important home base for volunteers patrolling our beaches, surf clubs are hive of community activity, used for training courses, community gatherings and sporting events,” Mr Ayres said. “From nippers to senior patrollers, members of Surf Life Saving clubs provide an amazing service to the people of NSW. “This $4 million boost will offer significant surf clubs across NSW and this financial year surf clubs who had previously already reached the maximum cap of $400,000 will be re-eligible for facility funding.” In 2016/17 volunteer surf lifesavers performed almost 5,000 rescues, 126,000 preventative actions and 15,750 first aid treatments.