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Chris Gulaptis is pictured with members of the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club at Yamba’s Main Beach. Image: Contributed

Surf’s up as Yamba Surf Life Saving Club upgrades delivered

Upgrade works at Yamba Surf Life Saving Club have recently been completed thanks to a $31,290 grant from the NSW Government under the Surf Club Facility Development Program.

Clarence Nationals MP, Chris Gulaptis visited the Surf Club last week to inspect the works which include the replacement and repair of the kiosk, boatshed, basement, aluminium roller doors and electrical wiring. “Yamba Surf Life Saving Club has a long and rich history and is a big part of the social fabric of the local community,” Mr Gulaptis said. “The Club is over 90 years old and this grant will ensure the clubhouse is well maintained and equipped to train our next generation of surf lifesavers in a modern and sustainable environment.

“Surf Life Saving Clubs like Yamba are often the hub of their communities and our volunteer lifesavers should have access to fit-for-purpose facilities so they can focus on saving lives. “The clubhouse is often used as a function room for weddings and other community events so the whole community will benefit from these upgrades. “Surf Clubs don’t just save lives, they teach young people all sorts or life skills to equip them for the future, so this is a really good investment.” Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the work was part of the NSW Government’s $4 million Surf Club Facility Program.

“This upgrade is one of several projects the NSW Government is supporting in drought and bushfire affected areas on the Far North Coast,” Mr Lee said. “Yamba Surf Life Saving Club provides a vital service and its’ volunteer lifesavers should access to modern facilities so they can focus on saving lives.” President of Surf Life Saving NSW, George Shales, said Surf Life Saving Clubs are often the hub of local communities. “Thanks to the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program, the Yamba Surf Club facility upgrade enhances training capabilities and also creates pathways for Nippers and young lifesavers. “With 129 clubs across the State, volunteer surf lifesavers performed 2,526 rescues, 194,000 preventative actions and 6,000 first aid treatments last year,” Mr Shales said.