On the 19th of May, Salt SLSC President, Mr Greg Lovett, signed the final Deed of Agreement document from the Australian Government which secured a $1,000,000 Community Development Grant to build the final stage of the surf club. This is the most important and significant funding achievement for the Salt Surf Club since the club was formed in 2004.
The previous $720,000 Stage 2A ground-floor extension was completed in 2016, with the main funding coming from the Surf Club Facility Grant Program with a contribution of $305,000, combined with money from 10 years of club fundraising activities. This new $1M of funding from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will allow the $1.5M Stage 2B project to be fast-tracked to begin construction in 2017.
The club also received notification from the NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, that we have been successful in securing an additional $95,000 from the Surf Club Facility Grant Program for 2017. Mr Slade and Secretary, Kareen Smith were instrumental in constructing and submitting the funding proposal.
The Stage 2B project involves building a second storey over the current footprint, which includes an area for training and administration, along with surveillance decks and members lounge. This facility will provide the local South Kingscliff and Casuarina communities with a first-class surf lifesaving resource.
There has been a massive amount of work undertaken in the last 12 months by the current Salt SLSC Building Sub-committee, together with the Club Committee to engage with architects, engineers, consultants and council, to specifically focus on ensuring the project was ready to proceed if the federal funding was approved. This can all now be finalised, with the funds to be released in the coming weeks, and construction on track to commence in the coming months.
Building Sub-Committee of 2016/17:
Salt SLSC Committee (2016/17):