Lydia O’Neill, Robyn Wonson and Harrison Day with other Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club members celebrate the club’s expansion.
Lydia O’Neill, Robyn Wonson and Harrison Day with other Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club members celebrate the club’s expansion.

Big plans for growing club

MEMBERS of the Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club have big plans for the club's future.

The club has just been granted $350,000 for a facility upgrade through the New South Wales Government's Surf Club Facility Development program.

Club president Robyn Wonson said while the club was ecstatic to receive the funds, the grant was just the tip of the iceberg.

“This is great, but it is just the start for us, because we are fundraising to re-do the entire surf club building,” Ms Wonson said.

“The whole building will be revamped and it is a massive project.

“It is estimated to cost between $1.2 million and $1.5 million.

“We received $85,000 through Geoff Provest at Christmas, so we are on the way to achieving our goal.”

Ms Wonson said the club would be putting together proposals for Tweed business and Tweed Shire Council in a bid to receive more funding.

“We are looking at starting the work in January 2012,” Ms Wonson said.

“This is the third time we had applied for this particular grant, so we were very happy to hear we had been successful this time.

“We have had a huge increase in members in the last couple of years and we have outgrown this facility.

“The upgrade will provide a better facility for the entire community.”

The $2 million government-funded program delivered grants to a total of 23 NSW surf clubs to ensure their members and volunteers had a safe and efficient place to work and train.



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