THE Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club has had a massive weekend, Melinda Pavey awarded the club $120 thousand to upgrade the building, and as a bonus, the Sunday Sips event was a rousing success.
The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP made the announcement as part of the NSW Government’s 2018/19 Surf Club Facility Program. The funding is part of $3.9 million awarded for 24 projects to improve facilities and equipment at surf life-saving clubs across NSW.
“I’m very pleased that the NSW Government is providing the funding of $120 thousand to upgrade facilities at the surf club, Mrs Pavey said.
“Surf Life Saving NSW does immensely important work - saving lives and providing opportunities for people of all ages to get fit and healthy,
“The aim of this program is to increase the availability, standard and quality of surf lifesaving clubs in NSW for the benefit of their members and the wider community.
I congratulate the Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club on its successful application and look forward to seeing the benefits of this upgrade.Melinda Pavey MP
“I congratulate the Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club on its successful application and look forward to seeing the benefits of this upgrade.”
Speaking to the Guardian, president of the Nambucca Surf Life Saving Club Gary Colston expressed his gratitude for the support and his plans for the future.
“The funding is a huge milestone for us; it will allow us to keep moving forward with our upgrades, get the rendering done, the painting, work on the external brickwork, the guttering, and the eaves, he said.
“Can’t thank Melinda Pavey enough, and Rhonda Hoban for her and the councils continuing support.”
After the big start to the day, the pre-planned Sunday Sips took on a new meaning as it turned into a celebration of the good news.
“It was really busy; there would have been over one hundred people over the course of the afternoon, a lot of locals, some tourists, very happy how it went,” president Gary Colston said.
“When we turned on the Tv at 6pm the interview about the $120 thousand in funding was playing; there were a few cheers after that.”
The event saw young and old come together in celebration and to have a good time by the ocean.
“There was a great spread of ages, young and old; they were just a bunch of great people all talking and hanging out, we had some donated bar tables set up and a pool table for the kids. We are on the lookout for a table tennis table for next time.”
All this has been possible through community support and the Nambucca surf club president was very grateful for all the help that he has been receiving.
“The response from the community has been great, we’ve been getting volunteers and offers to sponsor us, we can’t thank everyone enough for supporting us, Mr Colston said.
“I want to say a big thank you to my team of workers as well; there are four in particular who have been crucial in making the Sunday Sips a success.”
With the weekend's success, the club is moving forward with plans to make the Sunday Sips a regular event for the area.
“The next Sunday Sips is scheduled for February 10, save the date. The plan is to have one every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, 3pm until 7,” Mr Colston said.
Anyone looking to help, sponsor or join the Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club can get involved by contacting president Gary Colston on 0427-203-643.
While you can check out their Facebook pages at Nambucca Nippers and Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving.