Bishop visits Floreat Surf Lifesaving Club to check out new facilities


Julie Bishop got to inspect the shed with Floreat Surf Life Saving Club director John King and club president Albert Iten. Picture: Jon Bassett.
Julie Bishop got to inspect the shed with Floreat Surf Life Saving Club director John King and club president Albert Iten. Picture: Jon Bassett.

A REGULAR runner, Curtin MHR Julie Bishop fitted in a visit to the temporary gym and partially-Federal Government funded new shed at Floreat Surf Lifesaving Club on Wednesday.

“I’m not a gym person, and like running, but if I’m overseas as Foreign Minister and can’t go outside I’ll use a treadmill,” Ms Bishop said.

The Federal Government’s Stronger Communities grant contributed $20,000 to the new $200,000 shed which houses the clubs’ gym during renovations to the adjacent old clubrooms until later this year.

Ms Bishop said applications for the grants were competitive in her electorate, so she had an advisory group to help decide the greatest benefit to the community.

Floreat Surf Lifesaving Club members contributed $50,000 to the new shed, Cambridge Council provided $20,000 and WA Lotteries $110,000.

Club director John King said the club would grow when the gym moves back into the renovated club, after which the shed would store club equipment, including inflatable rescue boats and beach patrol buggies.

“It will be a benefit for the wide community because the shed will also be used by our Coastcare volunteers and for Surf Lifesaving WA equipment,” Mr King said.