Construction on the new Anglesea lifesaving clubhouse has officially commenced thanks to funding support from the Andrews Labor Government.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today toured the construction site for Anglesea’s modern, fit-for-purpose clubhouse and thanked the club and the community for their work to deliver the new facility.
The new building will give volunteer lifesavers more space to support their summer patrols, as well as provide education and training opportunities as part of the club’s proud commitment to water safety.
Built at the same iconic location on the Great Ocean Road as the former facility, the new Anglesea clubhouse will provide year-round facilities for local residents, visitors and businesses to enjoy.
The Andrews Labor Government has invested $1.5 million into the $5 million project, with remaining funds provided by the Commonwealth Government, Surf Coast Shire, and the club which raised more than $1.7 million.
The new facility replaces the existing clubhouse, which was almost 60 years’ old and was built for 200 members at the time of construction.
Formed in 1952, the Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club is the largest Victorian lifesaving club, with around 1500 members. The club’s junior ‘nipper’ program is with the largest in Victoria, with more than 600 participants.
Victorians, as well as interstate and international tourists flock to Anglesea all year round, especially in summer, to experience the town’s spectacular coastline and beautiful natural surroundings.
Anglesea’s main beach is patrolled every summer by volunteers from the club. During the 2018–19 season, lifesavers and lifeguards performed four rescues, 2,300 preventive actions and 30 first-aid treatments.
Construction is expected to be completed by late 2020 in time for next summer’s patrol season.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“In the past 60 years, the club’s membership has grown from 200 to 1,500 and these new facilities will help members continue their wonderful work.”
“The old clubhouse had a long and distinguished history but no longer served the needs of the community or members. This investment will deliver a much-needed boost to volunteers, Anglesea residents and visitors.”