17 January 2017…

The Peel community is set to benefit from development of life saving services and further infrastructure at the Port Bouvard Surf Life Saving Club after the Club was awarded $300,000 in the Western Australian government’s Regional Grants Scheme today.

The Royalties for Regions funded grants program is administered by the Peel Development Commission. Chairman Paul Fitzpatrick has welcomed the commitment to the project, saying it will benefit the wider community.

“The Regional Grant Scheme funds will have multiple benefits for this Club and the wider community. It will increase surf life saving members and the number of patrolling liifesavers on our beaches.  As identified in the Commission’s Peel Regional Economic Blueprint, a growing export for our region is tourism and the Peel now welcomes over 500,000 visitors a year – most of whom want to use our superb coastline and beaches recreationally.  By providing lifesaving and rescue services that enhance safety and recreation in the area, we will continue to attract visitors and ensure the safety of our locals,” he said.

The Club will use the funds to facilitate construction of a second storey to enable their services to expand and develop a fully purpose built facility for other aquatic sports events, plus a viable function centre and a hub for the community as a result of the Royalties for Regions funding.

The Regional Grants Scheme and the Community Chest Fund are made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program. For more information, visit the Peel Development Commission’s website www.peel.wa.gov.au

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Media Contact:        Andrew Ward, Chief Executive Officer, Peel Development Commission, andrew.ward@peel.gov.wa.au , (08) 9535 4140