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The Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore Surf Life Saving Club has received $15,000 from the state government to assist to construct their new storage facility and gymnasium.

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin today announced the financial assistance, which will assist in the construction of a new storage facility.

Mr Franklin said he was ‘thrilled that the Liberal & Nationals Government can support the club’ for the construction of the facility.

‘The North Coast has some of the most beautiful swimming and surfing locations in the nation, which at times can be dangerous. That is why it is important to support our Surf Life Saving Club volunteers who do incredible work patrolling our beaches,’ Mr Franklin said.

Construction of the storage facility will complete the club’s overall masterplan for the precinct. The masterplan also included the construction of the new Surf Club facility.

Mr Franklin admitted Ballina Shire Council and the club had already committed ‘significant funding for the project’ but added the club ‘needed a final $15,000 to allow work to begin.’

The SLSC provided over 5,500 hours of voluntary patrol hours during the 2015/16 season, including 13 rescues, 29 first aid incidents and 416 preventative actions.

‘I look forward to seeing the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore SLSC continue to grow and benefit our local community for many years to come,’ Mr Franklin said.

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