Park opens Fairy Meadow’s new bar

Fairy Meadow Surf Club. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary.

Fairy Meadow Surf Club. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary.

STATE MP for Keira Ryan Park officially opened new facilities at Fairy Meadow Surf Club this week.

The club’s bar, kitchen and toilet facilities were upgraded through $14,000 from the NSW Government’s Building Partnership program funding.

“Fairy Meadow Surf Club is a fantastic local club that has been serving our community for over 60 years and I was extremely pleased to have been able to secure this funding for the much needed improvements,” Mr Park said.

“Our local surf clubs provide an invaluable service to our region. They are largely run by dedicated volunteers who are not only committed to preserving the safety of our families on local beaches, but also able to provide a fun place for the community to come together.

“The club’s hall is regularly utilised by the wider community for a range of functions and important local events, and these upgrades will go a long way to ensuring the club is able to continue to provide a high quality facility. The upgrades will also enable the club to increase the number of bookings made for the hall and allow it to become more sustainable and self-sufficient,” Mr Park said.

“These organisations are the life blood of our community and this program has enabled them to continue to provide a high level of service.”

Mr Park said he was disappointed the NSW Government had chosen to slash this year’s available funding to $300,000.

“This will mean even more fantastic clubs such as Fairy Meadow Surf Club will miss out on the funding they so desperately need,” Mr Park said.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney 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 pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently 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 has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time 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), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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