Surf's up at the newly renovated Elouera clubhouse

Media Release

FN083/2016

02 November 2016

Joint release with:

Scott Morrison

Federal Member for Cook

  • The Coalition Government invested $100,000 to upgrade the Surf Life Saving Club
  • Upgrades include better access to lifesaving equipment, increasing surf safety for beachgoers and residents
  • Elouera Surf Life Saving Club is fast approaching 50 years of surf lifesaving services in the Cronulla area

The newly renovated Elouera Surf Life Saving Club officially opened today, providing lifesavers with an accessible, modern facility that will continue to support vital rescue services.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Cronulla area has some of the finest beaches in the country, and supporting lifesavers with modern facilities is key to making our beaches as safe as possible.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and in the coastal areas, great surf lifesaving clubs are a big part of that,” Minister Nash said.

“Surf lifesavers keep our beachgoers safe and this investment provides better support for surf lifesaving activities and more people can access and enjoy the clubhouse.”

“I am thrilled to see this facility open in time for the summer holiday period.”

Local Federal Member for Cook, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP said, “These upgrades were long overdue. They ensure Elouera's lifesaving equipment and surf craft can be easily accessed, enabling operational efficiencies, allowing patrons to do what they do best on the beach. Particularly on Sundays when approximately 400 nippers assemble at the beach and club.”

“April 2017 will mark 50 years of surf lifesaving services by the Elouera SLSC, which started as a tent on the beach in 1966 and is now a fantastic modern facility served by dedicated Shire volunteers,” Mr Morrison said.

NSW Environment Minister and Member for Cronulla, The Hon. Mark Speakman SC MP said the upgrade was well deserved.

“The lifesavers at Elouera Surf Life Saving Club do an incredible job to keep visitors and locals safe every summer,” Mr Speakman said.

“I am delighted they will now be able to continue to support community safety in a modern, accessible facility.”

The NSW Government also provided the Surf Life Saving Club with a $50,000 grant for its clubhouse upgrade and kiosk construction.

Facts and stats:

  • There are 313 surf lifesaving clubs affiliated with Surf Life Saving Australia
  • SLSA has about 170,000 members
  • SLSA has rescued more than 600,000 people from drowning since it began in 1907