Media Releases


April 14, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver $261,000 for upgrades at the Port Sorell Surf Club.

Labor Member for Braddon Justine Keay sought funding for the upgrades after listening to the strong case made by the Port Sorell community for new public amenities and change rooms and expanded facilities for members.

“The Surf Club is a tremendous facility used by so many in the Port Sorell community, but the old amenities aren’t up to scratch,” Ms Keay said.

“The much-needed upgrades will support the Surf Club’s continued growth, with youth memberships up almost 50 percent in the past two years.

“The Surf Club is also home to a weekly Parkrun with over 100 runners, a burgeoning University of the Third Age, Summer twilight markets and a much loved children’s playground.

“I’ve been working with the Latrobe Council and Port Sorell Surf Club for months to support this upgrade, and I’m pleased a Shorten Labor Government will deliver for Port Sorell.”

Ms Keay said that despite promises from the Liberals and Nationals that funding would flow before the election, the Port Sorell Surf Club is yet to receive any money.

“A few weeks ago the Liberals and Nationals promised that $230,000 for the Port Sorell Surf Club had been released, but neither the Club nor Council have received a cent,” Ms Keay said.

Ms Keay said there was a clear pattern of failure and deceit from the Liberals and Nationals across the Coast.

“The Port Sorell Surf Club funding bungle follows similar revelations regarding Meercroft Park in Devonport, Coastal Motocross at Penguin, flood-proofing Latrobe, and the Bass Highway west of Wynyard.

“This proves yet again that the Liberals and Nationals cannot be trusted to deliver what they promise.

“The people of the North West and West Coast are sick of the cuts and chaos of the Liberals and Nationals.

“Only a Shorten Labor Government will bring a fair go back to Braddon.”