Million-dollar pledge for lifesaving facility

Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson, front centre, visited Kawarren yesterday to announce funding for a deck at Echidna Community House. She is pictured with Kawarren residents.

The Liberal party has pledged $1 million towards new surf lifesaving clubrooms at Apollo Bay, if the party wins power at this month’s federal election.

Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson visited the Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club yesterday to commit the funding towards an upgrade of the club.

The club kicked off a campaign earlier this year to attract government funding for a new facility, saying the existing centre was “crumbling”, with rusted pillars, unusable toilets and cramped storage crippling the club’s ability to provide lifesaving services and train lifesavers.

Ms Henderson said it was clear the Bay needed a new facility to protect increasing numbers of tourists on the beach.

“This is a vital contribution to the Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and to the entire community,” she said.

“The club has been under increasing pressure dealing with a massive growth in membership as well as increasing vitiation to Apollo Bay.”

The commitment would fund part of the cost of a new facility, with the rest of the funding needing to come from other levels of government and the club.

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