Construction starts on Bargara surf lifesaving facilities
Construction is set to begin on a $1 million upgrade to facilities at the Bundaberg Surf Lifesaving Club at Neilson Park, Bargara.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the Coalition Government had contributed $400,000 towards the project, as promised during the 2013 election campaign.
“As a former surf lifesaver, I appreciate the superb job Hinkler’s surf clubs do patrolling our five major beaches each season. In fact, the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club has been patrolling Nielson Park beach for 95 seasons,” Mr Pitt said.
“I congratulate club members on raising a further $500,000 over several years – a very significant effort, indeed.
“These upgrades will give club members a better base for their operations and social functions, improve beach safety and create work for local tradesmen.”
Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club President Lynda Cremer thanked Mr Pitt for committing the funds.
“The redevelopment of the surf club includes the construction of a training and education area, extra storage for rescue equipment, a first aid facility and an administration office,” Mrs Cremer said.
“This project shows what can be achieved when local politicians and community organisations work together.
“I’m immensely proud of our club’s fundraising effort, and would also like to thank the State Government for contributing $100,000 towards the construction, specifically toilet and shower amenities for members.”
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club had scored a $100,000 Get Playing grant to put towards the clubhouse upgrades.
“Get Playing was part of the former LNP government’s flagship Get in the Game sports initiative, focused on promoting greater participation at grassroots level and supporting our clubs,” Mr Bennett said.
“Surf lifesaving clubs are an integral part of our community, and I’m proud to have supported the funding submission to help this club continue their vital service keeping beach-goers safe.”