Both sides of the political spectrum have promised funding to the Woolgoolga SLSC. The Coalition has promised $1million while Labor has pledged $1.2million.
Both sides of the political spectrum have promised funding to the Woolgoolga SLSC. The Coalition has promised $1million while Labor has pledged $1.2million. Trevor Veale

Surf Club object of political affection

LABOR'S candidate for Page Janelle Saffin has announced the Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club will receive a $1.2million boost if Labor is elected on July 2.

This pledge has come after current sitting member Kevin Hogan said a Coalition Government would provide $1million to the Woopi SLSC to construct a new clubhouse to replace the existing facility.

Ms Saffin's pre-election commitment is part of Labor's Community Infrastructure Program which will see $2.9million flow to various sections in the seat of Page.

She said the program was designed to build and upgrade sport and recreational facilities as a means of allowing more people to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles.

"Modern technology means that people are spending more time on computers and electronic devices - and less time being physically or socially active - than ever before," Ms Saffin said.

"This is having a pronounced impact on the way our communities function, with fewer people getting involved in local organisations such as sporting clubs or community groups.

"It's also having an impact on our health, with the alarming rise of chronic conditions such as diabetes.

"That's why it's so important that we invest in facilities that encourage people to get out of their lounge rooms, being active and social, and participating in community life."

Ms Saffin is trying to win back the seat she held from 2007 to 2013 from Nationals incumbent Kevin Hogan.

In a redistribution of electoral boundaries in February, parts of the the northern beaches of the Coffs Coast including Sapphire Beach and Moonee Beach became part of the Page electorate.

While not making it a pre-election promise, Ms Saffin pledged that if elected she would also fight to deliver $2.5million in funding for the Woolgoolga Multi-Purpose Centre.



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