The Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club has opened new facilities funded by the Andrews Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program.

Williamstown’s iconic lifesaving club was successful in its bid for facilities upgrades, additional resources, and program-development funding, receiving a $25,000 grant from the State Government.

The ESVS grant went towards purchasing and installing shipping container storage facilities for two new jet-skis that are used to prevent drownings on non-patrolled beaches. It also helped with minor upgrades to the clubhouse and was used to build a new gate. The $25,000 has also helped the Williamstown Lifesaving Club develop ‘Starfish Nippers’, which assists kids with additional needs participate in the much-loved Nippers program.

To mark the beginning of the ‘Nippers season’, Wade Noonan today visited the lifesaving club to officially open the new facilities.

Wade Noonan also congratulated the Lifesaving Club’s surf rowing team, which was successful in its recent bid for a $750 grant from the Andrews Government’s Athlete Pathway Travel Grant program. This money will help provide accommodation for the surf rowing team during the 2018 Australian Surf Rowing League Open.

The Andrews Government continues to support volunteer emergency services organisations like the Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club by making sure that they have the necessary resources to perform their invaluable work.

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Quotes attributable to Wade Noonan MP

“We are so fortunate in Williamstown to have such a wonderful and inclusive Lifesaving Club.”

“At a time of high participation, particularly among nippers, our Government has been proud to provide a significant financial contribution to support the Club’s work.”

“I want to thank the Club’s committee and countless volunteers for their work to prevent drownings and keep our community safe.”