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Clifton rides the wave into a new season

CLIFTON Beach Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) has enjoyed an eventful start to the surf lifesaving and patrol season after securing funding from the State and Federal Government to upgrade its male and female changerooms.

The club received a $30,000 Levelling the Playing Field grant along with $20,000 from the Stronger Communities Program to add to its $120,000 project to create state-of-the-art changerooms for its members.

“This funding has allowed us to double the size of the female changerooms, which is really important because we’ve seen a huge increase in members in the club in the past five years, particularly female members, and the changerooms were pretty outdated and not what you’d expect of a club that has a good future,” club captain Simon Bailey said.

Mr Bailey said the new upgrades coincided with the season launch for the club and helped attract new members.

“Currently we’ve got 161 Nippers in our program this year, so over the past six years, where we had 58, we’ve tripled the amount of kids, which is fantastic,” he said.

“We’re building a family-friendly club and these Nippers are the future for the club.

“It’s like a big family down here – everyone pitches in and helps.”

Mr Bailey said there was a really good club vibe at the season launch with close to 300 people attending including life members, Nippers, parents and local politicians.

“Our next plan is to finish the upstairs expansion of the club house and that’s a $400,000 project,” he said.

“So, we’re looking for the State and Federal governments and the local council to support us in getting that done,” he said.

The club expansion plans include a new commercial kitchen, toilets and expansion of the main room out over the garage.

The Clifton Beach SLSC will be holding a junior carnival in March, as well as the Tassie Hydrothon All Female Festival in late February.

Caption: TASSAL sustainability manager Heidi Hanson, left, with Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club sponsorship coordinator David Lancaster.