Out and about early on her far north coast tour, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced this morning that the NSW Government would double its contribution to the upgrade of the Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore Surf Life Saving Club.
Ms Berejiklian toured the community facility with Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin and club officials. During her visit Ms Berejiklian was able to confirm the NSW Government will double its contribution to $30,000.
First opened in 2013, the Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore SLSC provides over 5000 hours of voluntary patrol hours each season. The clubs hosts a full calendar of training, patrols and Nippers events.
Ms Berejiklian said that the doubling of government funding to the club will help with the construction of the storage facility, as part of the next stage of the masterplan for the club. ‘I am pleased to do more to support the volunteers who put thousands of hours into patrolling our beaches.
‘I look forward to visiting once the club once the next stage of major works are finally complete.’
Mr Franklin said the club is very much the heart of the local community and that the funds ultimately mean more and better facilities for the volunteers.
‘These heroes selflessly save lives on our beaches through their emergency responses every year’, he said. ‘Not only does the club keep people safe, it’s a great place for young and old to interact and make a difference’.