CHERIE Raso, Annie Lingwood and Gary Raso in the Salt Surf Life Saving Club?s patrol vehicle.
CHERIE Raso, Annie Lingwood and Gary Raso in the Salt Surf Life Saving Club?s patrol vehicle.

Salt clubhouse near complete



SALT Surf Lifesaving Club will become the first all-new surf clubhouse in New South Wales in more than 10 years when it opens later this month. Finishing touches are still being applied to the $500,000 facility, but club president Gary Bugden is confident the project will be completed on time.

He said the new clubhouse would help make the club stronger and take it into the future.

"It gives members a gym, office and kitchen as well as a decent clubhouse for our youngsters," Mr Bugden said.

The club has 70 active patrolling lifesavers, but Mr Bugden said there was always room for more.

"Next year we will look at extending the volunteer patrol hours to relieve some dependence on lifeguards over the weekend.

"We also want to build a nippers base and bring them through to the senior ranks."

After financial backing from Salt developers to build the clubhouse, the future sustainability of the facility is now largely in the hands of the general public.



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