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Clubhouse to have a fresh lease on life

RENOVATION FUNDING: Money has been allocated for the renovation of the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club at Nielson Park Beach.
RENOVATION FUNDING: Money has been allocated for the renovation of the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club at Nielson Park Beach. Mike Knott BUNBAR

EXCITEMENT is building at Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club as it takes another step towards having its clubhouse refurbished.

As part of the Federal Government's Community Development Grants Program, Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club will receive $400,000 to extend the club.

The club's president, Linda Cremer, said it was weeks away from submitting its application to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

"While that $400,000 has been promised to us we still need to go through a fairly extensive application process," she said.

"That has all been done and we have had a development application approved by the Bundaberg Regional Council.

"At the moment we are getting costs for those from local suppliers and we will eventually put that out for tender."

Mrs Cremer said the estimated $1.2 million upgrade to the northern part of the clubhouse would be beneficial to the 90 lifesavers and 400 members of the club.

She said the northern part of the clubhouse would be demolished.

"We will build a state-of-the-art first-aid room with disabled toilets, showers and a storage room for all our rescue equipment," she said.

"Upstairs there will be a training room for our lifesavers.

"Lifesavers spend a lot of time updating their skills so a training room is essential."

Mrs Cremer said the rebuilding plan had been in the works for about eight years and she hoped to begin the work next year.

"So the day we pull down our flags in April 2015 demolition will begin the next day," she said.

"It is starting to get to the excitement stage because we believe that it will happen now."

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the $400,000 grant would ensure the project would go ahead for the vital service.

"They are great contributors to the community as many people would have seen during the recent natural disaster," he said.

Mr Pitt said the Community Development Grants Program was part of a regional community funding package which included $350,000 for Hervey Bay Hockey to fix its turf and a further $100,000 to the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club for its tower.

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