• Funding for $3.1 million redevelopment of Mordialloc Life Saving club with more than 550 members
• Will enhance water safety for the many thousands who visit the popular beach
• The Napthine Government building a better and safer Victoria
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells has announced a major boost for water safety in Melbourne’s southeast with a $3.1 million redevelopment of the Mordialloc Lifesaving Club.
Minister Wells was joined by Member for Mordialloc Lorraine Wreford to make the announcement at the club’s Nipper’s presentation night.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is pleased to contribute $1 million towards the Mordialloc Life Saving Club redevelopment which will revitalise the club’s facilities and replace an aging building that has served the club for almost 60 years,” Mr Wells said.
“The redevelopment is an investment in community safety and will be an asset for more than 550 club members, including over 170 young Nippers as well as the wider community to enjoy for many years to come.”
Works will include construction of a two-storey clubhouse providing more space for club activities and equipment storage.
The new clubhouse will feature an observation tower, large changing rooms and storage areas as well as function and training rooms which will be available for use by local schools and community groups.
The project will begin in early 2015 and is expected to take 12 months to complete.
Ms Wreford welcomed the announcement for Mordialloc Life Saving Club, which has experienced a considerable increase in membership and had outgrown the existing building.
“This funding for the redevelopment is a great outcome for Mordialloc, providing better facilities and better support for lifesavers,” Ms Wreford said.
“Lifesavers have iconic role in Australia’s beachside history, and Mordialloc is part of that proud tradition, having provided vital lifesaving services for the Mordialloc community since 1919.
“Mordialloc is a popular beachside destination with more than 24,000 people visiting the beach last summer alone.”
The Coalition Government’s contribution has been funded through the Life Saving Victoria Capital Works Program, with a further $2 million provided by the City of Kingston.
City of Kingston Mayor Cr Paul Peulich said Kingston City Council have been working long and hard to get this project off the ground.
“Our investment of $2 million combined with $1 million from Life Saving Victoria and the State Government means Mordialloc Life Saving Club will have a truly first-class facility that will draw participants and visitors from around Victoria with important flow on benefits to the local economy and community.”
Mr Wells acknowledged the efforts of Mordialloc Life Saving Club which will contribute $100,000 towards the project.
“This announcement is a great example of the community working with state and local governments to deliver a state-of-the-art facility that will support the club and Mordialloc community well into the future,” Mr Wells said.
“The Coalition Government recognises the important role of lifesavers, and recently announced $50,000 in funding to equip every club in Victoria with new life jackets through the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) program.
“The Coalition Government is very proud to work closely with Life Saving Victoria to ensure our lifesavers are equipped with the tools and resources they need to do their job.”