WAVE OF FUNDING: Local surf clubs get big cash injection

In a wave of good news for surf life-saving clubs in Newcastle, Dixon Park and Merewether Surf Life Saving Clubs are set to receive a massive cash injection as part of the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program.

The program aims to bolster the infrastructure of surf clubs across the state, ensuring they remain safe and accessible hubs for beachgoers and the community at large.

Dixon Park Surf Life Saving Club is slated to receive $41,868.37 for much-needed upgrades to its female toilets, along with the replacement of oceanfront doors and windows.

Meanwhile, Merewether Surf Life Saving Club is set to benefit from a substantial $357,426.51 allocation, earmarked for vital repairs and upgrades to its roof and electrical systems.

These enhancements not only improve the functionality of the clubs but also contribute to the safety and enjoyment of all who frequent Newcastle’s iconic beaches.

“Newcastle surf life saving volunteers are the unsung heroes of our community, protecting locals and visitors in the water,” Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp said.

“These grants will contribute towards the development of modern, fit for purpose facilities that enables surf life savers to better protect the community and continue to deliver a world-class service.”

For Dixon Park and Merewether Surf Life Saving Clubs, this funding represents more than just financial support—it’s a vote of confidence in their role as integral pillars of the Newcastle community. Both the clubs serve as more than just places to catch a wave or soak up the sun; they are centers of friendship, education, and safety.

For further information on the Surf Club Facility Program visit