Bulli celebrates a century with funding for extensions

Bulli Surf Club members kick up their heels at the Australian Titles earlier this year. PHOTO: Bulli Surf Club.

THE NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley was joined by State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans on Saturday in a ceremony to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bulli Surf Life Saving Club.

Minister Annesley unveiled a special commemorative plaque to mark the historic occasion.

“The New South Wales Government recognises the invaluable contribution surf lifesaving makes to the community and the Bulli SLSC has achieved the rare distinction of 100 years of service,” Mr Annesley said.

“I congratulate Keith Caldwell and his committee on this on this magnificent community record and trust everyone enjoys the Bulli Surf Life Saving Club’s traditions, mateship and memories for many years to come.”

Club President Keith Caldwell said the club was determined to maintain its record of zero lives lost while its members patrolled Bulli Beach.

“We are a club steeped in tradition, mateship and memories that last a lifetime,” Mr Caldwell said.

Mr Caldwell said the club had received a $350,000 NSW Sport and Recreation grant to help build extensions to the surf club. The funding was part of a $690,390 windfall of NSW Government funding for local surf clubs in the Heathcote Electorate.

Mr Evans said Bulli has always been proud of its formidable reputation in terms of membership, competitions and surf rescue strength.

“Now the impressive milestone of 100 years of saving lives is another achievement to be proud of,” he said.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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