Major boost for Sunshine Coast surfers following six figure Federal grant
Major boost for Sunshine Coast surfers following six figure Federal grant for WindanSea Boardriders’ Clubhouse
Iconic Sunshine Coast surfing club WindanSea Boardriders are a major step closer to achieving their long held dream of building a clubhouse following a $140,000 grant from the Liberal National Federal Government. The grant, delivered under the Community Development Grants Programme in the 2019 Federal Budget was announced by Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace at Ballinger Beach today before joining members in the ocean for a surfing lesson.
Mr Wallace said that the new clubhouse, to be located near Currimundi State School on Buderim Street, would be a valuable new asset for the whole community.
“WindanSea Boardriders is a great local club which promotes integrity, community spirit and a healthy lifestyle to residents of all ages. Their proposed clubhouse would not only provide a modest space for the club’s meetings but would be available for low cost hire for nearby schools and community groups.” Mr Wallace said.
The grant will pay for approximately 50% of the project’s cost. The Club has already secured $100,000 worth of pledges of labour and materials from club members and local businesses, and is providing the remainder through on-going fundraising. Mr Wallace highlighted the importance of the clubhouse’s community emphasis and the club’s steadfast decision not to provide gambling facilities in it.
“WindanSea Boardriders’ management are as opposed to poker machines as I am. They have agreed to a permanent prohibition on poker machines at the facility being written into our funding agreement. This will be a true community meeting place, and I am sure that ethos is a big part of why the club already have tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of pledges to provide free materials and work for its construction.” he said.
In addition to WindanSea Boardriders, other clubs including the Caloundra Mal Club, Moffateers, Indigenous Surfing, Disabled Surfing and others are already in discussions regarding use of the facility. WindanSea intend to make the facility available for hire to other community organisations and meetings. Currimundi Special School and Currimundi State School have expressed a strong interest in using the facility for training and events.
WindanSea Boardriders’ President Terry Landsberg said that it had taken seven years of hard work to get the project to this final stage.
“It’s going to mean a huge amount to all of our members to finally have a place of our own. We are a strong and growing club, with a proud history and a keen focus on our community. This clubhouse will give our members facilities for meetings, study, and coaching. But it will also give us a place to preserve and display our heritage and a place to call our home.” Mr Landsberg said.
Formal consultation for the development was completed in December 2018, and the Clubhouse received almost 350 submissions in support from local residents and community organisations.
“We’re very grateful to Mr Wallace and the Federal Government for this funding, to our members and sponsors for their pledges, and most of all to the community here in Currimundi for getting behind the Club and showing such overwhelming and active support for this new facility. Now we just can’t wait to get started and get shovels in the ground!” he said.
The WindanSea Boardriders has 140 members in the Currimundi area and was formed in 1970. Its Annual Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial Surfing Contest is the second longest running surfing contest in Australia and has featured some of Australia’s leading professional surfers. The Club boasts among its current and former members professional surfers including former World Champion Joel Parkinson, Reef Heazlewood, Serena Brooke, and Wade Goodall.
In the run up to the 2019 Federal Budget Mr Wallace publicly called on local residents and club members to show their support for the project.
“I want to thank all of the Currimundi locals who contacted me in support of this project and Don Smith for his passionate advocacy on the Club’s behalf. In the end however, it is thanks to a budget surplus and responsible economic management that the Liberal National Government can support local volunteer groups like WindanSea Boardriders and help promote healthy living on the Sunshine Coast” Mr Wallace said.
For more information on the Community Development Grants Programme, visit https://www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs/community-development-grants.aspx