Salt SLSC president Mark Humphries talks with Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Nationals candidate for Richmond Matthew Fraser at yesterday’s funding annoucement.
Salt SLSC president Mark Humphries talks with Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Nationals candidate for Richmond Matthew Fraser at yesterday’s funding annoucement. David Carroll

Cash boost for surf club

HARD-working volunteers at the Salt Surf Life Saving Club received a major boost today with $1 million set to flow their way if the Coalition Government is re-elected.

During a lightning visit to the Tweed, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester promised to provide the funds to complete the clubhouse if the Coalition is returned at the July 2 Federal Election.

The announcement comes as stage one of a permanent clubhouse at the Casuarina site nears completion.

Club president Mark Humphries said club members had raised more than $780,000 to fund the first stage of the project and the $1 million would allow them to complete the facility.

“It’s timely,” Mr Humphries said.

“We’re probably only six weeks off completing this stage. If the Coalition is returned and the promise comes good, we’ll move straight into the next stage.

“We’ll need to get the construction drawings and construction approval sorted but we’ll be looking to move fairly quickly.”

For more than a decade the club’s volunteers have been forced to make do with temporary facilities, including storing equipment in shipping containers, while patrolling what is a notoriously dangerous beach.

Nationals candidate for Richmond Matthew Fraser said the funding promise was a welcome boost for the region and well deserved.

“To the club’s credit they have been able to raise $788,000 off the back of their hard work, sweat and tears to start what they’re calling stage one,” he said.

“This gives them the certainty that the club will now be finished. They will get a completed product, a fully functioning surf club.”



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