Jan Juc beach will soon have a new state-of-the-art lifesaving facility, thanks to a major redevelopment being partly funded by the Victorian Government.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today turned the first sod for the Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club’s (SLSC) new home, marking the official start of construction.
The redevelopment will create a modern, fit-for-purpose clubhouse, providing volunteer lifesavers with more space to support their summer patrols.
The building will also be an important community hub, with a café that can be enjoyed by local residents and visitors to the popular Surf Coast town.
The Victorian Government has contributed $2 million to the project, with the Australian Government also tipping in $2 million.
The club has received an additional $1 million from community supporters, while the Surf Coast Shire and RACV have also provided funding.
The previous clubhouse had been in operation since the Jan Juc SLSC was founded in 1963, and was in urgent need of replacement.
Demolition of the old building has been completed, paving the way for the new facility to be built on the same site.
Construction is expected to be completed by the commencement of summer patrols in 2019-20.
The Victorian Government has allocated more than $28 million towards new or upgraded Life Saving Victoria facilities during the past four years.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“The Victorian Government is investing millions of dollars to ensure lifesavers have the facilities they need to respond to incidents and keep people safe in the water.”
“The Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club is an integral part of the town, with its lifesavers keeping a watchful eye on swimmers of all ages for the past 55 years.”
“The new clubhouse will be a major boost to lifesavers, club members and the whole Jan Juc community.”