Surf’s up at Clifton Beach with club upgrade

CLIFTON Beach Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) is riding the waves on the back of receiving $20,000 in funding from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins recommended Clifton Beach SLSC receive the grant to help fund a $120,000 upgrade to the club’s facilities.

“The club’s current female and male amenities are in poor condition and do not comply with current building design, safety, privacy and OHS requirements, so I know this funding will make a real difference,” Ms Collins said.

Ms Collins said the project would help improve safety and privacy for young children and members using the facilities, and in turn would boost the club’s retention and membership rates.

“I know how crucial the club is to our local community, keeping people safe and increasing participation in this fantastic sport,” she said.

Clifton Beach SLSC president Craig Rogerson said upgraded facilities would allow further participation in surf life saving from female members to members of all ages.

“Our surf club has been growing and we’ve got about 150 nippers,” he said.

“In looking after them and teaching them about surf safety, we’re getting squashed for room and our services definitely need upgrading.

“These upgrades will help us maintain membership, which keeps the club running, and what we really encourage is to keep juniors on so they stay on as patrolling members.”

Mr Rogerson was grateful for the support from the Federal Government and Julie Collins.

“Without government funding we would certainly struggle to maintain safe beaches, so keeping our facilities moving with the time and keeping them upgraded will keep our members, and help make the beaches safer,” he said.

Caption: From left, Julie Collins MP with Charolete and Nathalie Elischer and Clarence Deputy Mayor Heather Chong at Clifton Beach.