A Coalition Government will provide up to $500,000 in funding to North Bondi Surf Club for the second stage of the club’s redevelopment.
While in government, the Coalition had previously committed and contracted $1.7 million to the surf club’s redevelopment in 2007, Labor Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese withdrew funding for the project.
The Surf Club has pushed ahead with its $6.8 million redevelopment by garnering donations from businesses and families in addition to grants from Waverley Council and the NSW state government.
The additional funding from the Coalition will expedite the completion of the surf club’s redevelopment, including:
· An emergency services driveway
· The fit out of an emergency care room
· A new forecourt area
· Disabled ramp access to Campbell Parade
· Additional rescue craft and nipper craft
“The withdrawal of Federal funding for this project by Anthony Albanese was an act of spite,” said Member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull.
“However, we should acknowledge the tireless work of Surf Club President Grant McMah and everyone involved from North Bondi who have pushed ahead with this project regardless. Their persistence in raising funds shows that this project is a great example of the strong community spirit in Bondi.”
North Bondi is one of seven of Australia’s foundation surf clubs, with more than 500 patrolling members and more than 1000 nipper members.
Last season the members at the surf club notched up a total of 16,132 voluntary hours in beach patrols. Surf club members conducted more than 150 rescues last patrol season, which accounts for almost 10 per cent of rescues conducted at Sydney beaches.
Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott said the completion of the surf club redevelopment is an important piece of infrastructure that will be a boost to the local economy and benefit beachgoers from around Sydney.
“North Bondi is an iconic surf club and also one of Australia’s busiest. This redevelopment is an important initiative that will help the club to train the next generation of life savers,” said Tony Abbott.