The Andrews Labor Government is contributing $2 million towards a major redevelopment of Black Rock Life Saving Club’s ageing clubhouse.

Southern Metropolitan MP Philip Dalidakis visited the bayside club today to announce the funding, which is allocated as part of the Victorian Budget 2018-19.

“We’re investing millions of dollars to ensure lifesavers have the facilities they need to respond to incidents and keep people safe in the water. Black Rock’s lifesavers have been an integral part of this community for 90 years, keeping a watchful eye on beachgoers of all ages. The redevelopment of the clubhouse into a modern, fit-for-purpose facility will provide a significant boost to lifesavers, club members and the whole Black Rock community.”

Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Philip Dalidakis

The planned redevelopment will create a modern, fit-for-purpose clubhouse, providing volunteer lifesavers with more space to support their lifesaving services in the community.

Local residents and visitors to the popular beach will also have access to the facility, making it an important community hub.

Black Rock Life Saving Club was formed in 1928, which means volunteer lifesavers have been keeping beachgoers safe for the past 90 years.

Black Rock Life Saving Club President Rebecca Moncrief, Black Rock LSC Cadets and Philip Dalidakis MP at Black Rock beach.

More than 10,000 people visited the patrolled section of Black Rock beach during the 2017-18 summer season, with volunteer lifesavers performing 478 preventive actions and five first-aid treatments.

The Victorian Budget 2018-19 is providing more than $43 million to upgrade and build new Life Saving Victoria (LSV), CFA and Victoria State Emergency Service facilities, giving emergency-service volunteers and workers the modern facilities they deserve.

The Labor Government is contributing funding to a range of other LSV projects, including clubhouse upgrades at Bonbeach, Mentone and Aspendale.

The budget also allocates more than $8.3 million towards water-safety programs, including funding for more lifesaving services, more training and support for volunteer lifesavers, and an expanded Nippers program into inland regions.