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New $3million HQ for Edithvale Life Saving Club

23 August 2016

A new $3million Edithvale Life Saving Club facility is set to be built thanks to a partnership between Kingston Council and the Victorian Government.

Kingston Council last night voted to provide $1.5million towards the project, with a further $1.5million committed by the Victorian Government in May this year.

Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said Council will now work closely with the Edithvale Life Saving Club and Life Saving Victoria to develop designs for a new building to provide the club with state-of-the-art facilities

“The Edithvale Life Saving club, thanks to its more than 160 members, provides an outstanding service to the community,” Cr Bearsley said.

“Last summer more than 22,000 visitors flocked to Edithvale beach to enjoy the sun and the sea and the Life Saving Club was on hand to ensure their safety in the water.

“These fantastic new facilities will help the club continue its great work well into the future.”

Edithvale Life Saving Club was founded in 1919 and occupies the oldest lifesaving club house

building in Port Philip Bay.

Cr Bearsley said the club would be sad to see the old building replaced but agreed the age and poor condition of the building meant it was time for a fresh start.

“We’re keen to work closely with the club over the coming months to finalise a design that will be a great facility for the club and the local community.”

Kingston Council has invested significantly in upgrading and replacing local Life Saving Clubs in recent years including the new Carrum Life Saving Club and construction works almost complete on the new Mordialloc Life Saving Club.

Edithvale Life Saving Club President Dianne Montalto said the club was looking forward to the new and improved facilities which will provide much-needed extra storage and training space.

“We have a strong club that is growing in numbers and the old building can no longer meet our needs,” Ms Montalto said.

“The new centre will help us respond faster in emergency situations by quickly accessing emergency equipment to assist in rescue and resuscitation.”

“We’re also looking forward to a larger training area. We’re proud to be a leader in multicultural engagement and helped train Victoria’s first Afghani Life Saver.”

New members are welcome at Edithvale Life Saving Club.  Details: www.edithvalelsc.com.au

 

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