Upgrade To Facilities Will Help Future Members Go For Gold


Sharon Bird today joined Bulli Surf Life Saving Club’s President, Keith Caldwell, to announce funding of $19,967 under Round 2 of the Stronger Communities Program (SCP) for the Exercise Room Upgrade and Expansion project at the Club. 

At present, there are only one set of amenities for males and females.  The expansion will provide access to separate male and female amenities that are better integrated within the club house and improve access for mobility impaired club patrons and visitors. 

The expansion will also include new storage areas, designated meeting rooms and social gatherings.  The Club hopes that this will help to cater for a wide range of community-based and club activities in a welcoming and vibrant environment and encourage greater community participation and cohesion. 

Sharon Bird said that the Stronger Communities Program helped community groups to upgrade facilities without having to take on the burden alone. 

“Clubs like Bulli SLSC work hard to keep our beaches safe over summer and are continuously fund-raising to meet the cost of maintenance, expansion and upgrading of the Club in addition to the purchase of new equipment. 

“I am really pleased to be able to provide some assistance to help with these costs.  Bulli Surf Life Saving Club has been helping to keep residents and visitors safe on our beaches for over 100 years. 

The Club currently has over 600 combined senior and junior members who patrol the beach on weekends from October through to April each year. 

They also have a proud history in competition.  Over the past eleven years, club members have won 497 Illawarra senior gold medals, 255 New South Wales medals, 144 Australian medals and 32 World Championship Medals. 

The Club has also been home to four members who have represented Australia at the Olympic Games:

  • Tim McLaren (whilst a Bulli SLSC member) – competitor/coach in Rowing

  • Brian Morton (whilst a Stanwell Park SLSC member) – competitor in Kayaking

  • Rhett Ayliffe (former member) – coach in Rowing

  • Troy Sachs (former member) - competitor in wheelchair basketball