Wade Noonan: ‘It’s a new car’ for Williamstown Life Saving Club

State Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan and Labor Candidate for Williamstown Melissa Horne visited the first Nippers session of the season at the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club to announce the Club would receive $48,273 in new funding.

The Club will receive $38,273 under the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) program to purchase a new 4WD vehicle, and a further $10,000 to support the Victorian Open Water Championships, which be held on Sunday, 16th December.

In congratulating the Club, Mr Noonan and Ms Horne paid tribute to the Club’s Committee and countless volunteers for their outstanding work in patrolling Williamstown beach and the foreshore, hosting major events, competitions, and popular programs, such as Nippers.

In February 2017, the Club also received a $25,000 grant from the State Government to provide valuable storage space for the Club’s two jet-skis and for other essential maintenance work.

Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon. James Merlino MP approved the most recent funds before the State Government entered caretaker mode on Tuesday, 30th October, 2018.

In announcing the latest round of funding for the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club, State Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan said the announcement took the Government’s investment in the Club to almost $75,000.

“The Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club has made a significant contribution to the local community and this grant will support the Club in carrying out their essential work in patrolling our popular local beach,” he said.

Also speaking on the announcement, Labor Candidate for Williamstown Melissa Horne said the funding was essential to ensure that the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club has the resources it needs to keep the community safe.

“Our community relies upon the hard work and dedication of the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club. As we move into summer, it’s more important than ever that our lifesavers have the resources they need to carry out their essential work,” she said.

The ESVS program supports more than 100,000 emergency management volunteers across Victoria with the resources they require by providing local, grassroots organisations with the facilities, equipment and training that they need to protect their local community.

Grants of up to $50,000 were available to eligible clubs, units or organisations, and grants of up to $150,000 were available for multi-agency or partnership proposals and larger initiatives that support volunteerism or local communities.

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