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Cronulla SLSC redevelopment receives boost

The Australian Government will support the Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club to upgrade their iconic club facilities with a grant of $3 million to match the local support provided by the club and Sutherland Shire Council.

The $3 million is a one off grant that matches the $3 million already raised by Cronulla SLSC through their own efforts,  loans and support from Sutherland Shire Council, and now means the project is now fully funded and can proceed.

The Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club building has been in urgent need of redevelopment for many years to ensure it complies with current building and safety standards and can meet the community needs into the future.

In its 76 year history the Club has seen four major works programs creating many issues including non-compliance with OH&S and limited or non-existent disabled access to the club.  As a result, any refurbishment subsequently comes with a large number of demands, constraints and additional costs and why it led club President Rob Short to seek help from the Federal Government.

“Unlike other clubs Cronulla is restricted in building outside its perimeter onto the Esplanade. We must respect the building and clubs unique historical heritage significance.”

“I am pleased to be able deliver this support to Cronulla SLSC. It is an upgrade the club needed,  the Shire needed and beach goers needed so the dedicated team of club volunteers keep delivering lifesaving services to the entire community” Mr Morrison said.

Like all our Bate Bay clubs, Cronulla SLSC has a proud history. However for Cronulla this extends  over 109 seasons, since January 1908 Cronulla SLSC has cared for and protected the people who use the beach and its surrounds.

The Club’s  iconic building is synonymous with the Shire’s landscape and is now 76 years old.  The core building is of major heritage significance and has many aspects which must be preserved or even restored to their earlier condition.  This is what makes this project unique and why it has attracted specific support from the Australian Government.

“Together with President Rob Short and the Cronulla Board we want to ensure this redevelopment is done right to make sure this club continues to be one our kids and grandkids can enjoy for the next century.” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Morrison has always been a great supporter of the four Bate Bay Surf Clubs and the essential services they provide on our beaches and has previously secured capital grants of $100,000  to support each of the clubs. On this occasion there was no opportunity to spread the support across each of the clubs as it was very specific to the needs and national significance of the Cronulla SLSC building upgrade project.  

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.