Lifesaving training for Nippers through Sustainable Communities Fund

30 September 2014

The Portland Surf Life Saving Club in Cape Bridgewater is one of 17 local community groups who will share in $90,000 from this year’s Portland Sustainable Communities Fund.

Youth members will benefit from new training equipment as part of an expansion of the club’s education and training programs.

Portland Surf Life Saving Club President, Mr Jeremy King, said that the funding would give the club the capacity to launch a youth recruitment campaign.

“The retention and continued growth of membership is critical to the survival of our club and continuation of lifesaving services in this region,” said Mr King.

A Fund Allocation Panel is responsible for assessing and allocating funding, and consists of community members, Council representatives and Pacific Hydro staff.  The Panel has been implemented to further community involvement in the fund distribution process, to ensure that community priorities are met.

Pacific Hydro’s Executive General Manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett, said that the priority of this year’s Panel was to wholly fund projects.

“We hope that this will assist groups in completing their projects earlier so that positive outcomes can be seen by the community.

“We congratulate the community groups that received funding and extend our thanks to the Fund Allocation Panel members, which included community members and Pacific Hydro staff, for carefully considering each application and allocating the funds.”

Mr Crockett asked community groups who were not successful in this round not to be disheartened and to consider applying again next year.

All 17 successful groups will celebrate at a presentation ceremony on Thursday [02/10/14] at the Heywood Golf Club.

The Portland Sustainable Communities Fund supports environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational projects and will open again in June 2015.  More information regarding the Fund can be found on here.  Questions should be directed to