A re-elected Napthine Government will commit $3 million to upgrade life saving clubs along the bay

  • A re-elected Napthine Government will commit $3 million towards three life saving club redevelopments along the bay
  • Redevelopments will enhance water safety for thousands of people who visit beaches at South Melbourne, Edithvale and Bonbeach
  • Napthine Government building a better bay

Three life saving clubs around Port Phillip Bay will receive a share in $3 million to undergo significant redevelopments of club facilities under a re-elected Napthine Government.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells joined Member for Mordialloc Lorraine Wreford, Member for Carrum Donna Bauer and Liberal candidate for Albert Park Shannon Eeles to announce Edithvale, Bonbeach and South Melbourne Life Saving Clubs will each receive $1 million towards the redevelopments of their clubhouses.

“A re-elected Napthine Government will continue to build a better bay and remain absolutely committed to revitalising club facilities for life saving clubs and boosting water safety for residents in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs,” Mr Wells said.

Ms Wreford welcomed the announcement for Edithvale, which is the oldest life saving club in Port Phillip Bay, with more than 45,000 visitors and residents attending the beach each year.

“This is a huge win for local residents and importantly, the redevelopment will accommodate expected growth in membership and enable the club to expand their nippers program,” Ms Wreford said.

Ms Bauer said the redevelopment of Bonbeach will ensure the expansion of key community safety education and school programs, and provide an enhanced facility that could be utilised by the wider community.

“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,” Ms Bauer said.

“Only a re-elected Napthine Government will deliver this important redevelopment for Bonbeach which will greatly assist its 239 members, including 81 nippers, to keep beachgoers safe every summer.”

Ms Eeles said the Coalition Government has significantly bolstered community protection for the Albert Park electorate over the past four years.

“Earlier this year, the Coalition Government provided $1 million towards the redevelopment of the iconic St Kilda Life Saving Club and today’s announcement for South Melbourne is another huge boost for residents and visitors alike at this popular beachside destination,” Ms Eeles said.

Mr Wells said a re-elected Napthine Government will work in partnership with local communities, Life Saving Victoria and local councils to deliver state-of-the-art facilities that will benefit clubs and the wider community.

“Labor’s promise to upgrade just one club around Port Phillip bay will mean other life saving clubs in desperate need of repair will miss out,” Mr Wells said.

“Labor has a clear record of waste and mismanagement with Myki, the desal plant and the north-south pipeline. This is just another example of their inability to manage money and deliver key projects.

“Community safety is paramount, and only a re-elected Napthine Government will strengthen Victoria’s emergency services and response capabilities, ensuring all Victorians and their families are better protected,” Mr Wells said.

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