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Gove Surf Club & MEP Sign Training Agreement

MOU signed by the GPSLSC and MEP.

The Gove Peninsula Surf Lifesaving Club exists to serve our community. That’s what Surf Clubs do.

As well as patrolling every weekend during the dry season we also support local events, local fundraisers and open our club every Friday night to give the people of Gove another option for a family friendly budget night out.

We train and educate nippers about water and beach safety and provide Certificate 2 in Aquatic rescue training for our SRC and bronze trainees. We also provide ongoing training and certification for many other surf club awards. These include but are not limited to advanced first aid and resuscitation, IRB crew and driver, RWC driver, spinal management and the list goes on.

As most of you are aware the club is about to embark on a clubhouse redevelopment in early 2017 which will include a new kitchen facility. This will be ‘State of the art’ with commercial quality equipment.

So what are we planning to do with this fancy kitchen?? The kitchen will be used by the club and any individuals or groups who want to hire out the facility for functions.

And we have gone one step further. On Friday night after months of negotiations, the Gove Surf Club signed an MOU with Miwatj Employment and Participation (MEP) to use the new facility to train local job seekers in hospitality and basic kitchen management.

We are really proud of this new initiative and are again supporting the town that supports us.

Jeremy Kee, MEP CEO is very excited about having access to this new training facility and is confident it will be well utilised. This is a significant undertaking by the Gove Surf Club to support the people within our region, to assist them to develop new skills and hopefully the added prospect of future employment within the hospitality industry.

The signing of the MOU by Brett Parfitt (President GPSLSC) and Jeremy Kee (MEP CEO) is an historic event that has the capacity to make real change in our town and surrounding area.

Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club update

The final Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club update for 2016. We have some exciting news to share with our members and the wider community.

The new clubhouse redevelopment is now making rapid progress. We recently received the 100% architectural and engineering drawings and these are currently being reviewed to ensure nothing has been missed before going out to tender.

We have engaged the services of a local interior designer and have met with her several times regarding how the final product will look. Below are some very early conceptual ideas but as you can see the club will be clean, sleek and a little classy.

The next bit of great news is the surf club was recently successful in obtaining $100,000 from the NT Government Department of Tourism and Culture to assist with the construction of the clubhouse redevelopment and training facility. This grant is specifically for the construction of the building and not for the kitchen fit-out.

This is very exciting for our club and for our community and we thank the NT Government for their generosity.

At this stage, we are looking at tenders being awarded early February and demolition and rebuilding of the clubhouse to start shortly after that. After a year of planning there finally is light at the end of the tunnel and 2017 will be both busy and exciting for the GPSLSC.

There will be a ‘Demolition’ party held at the surfie closer to the time and it is hoped you can all join us for a drink and a trip down memory lane for the last time. The current clubhouse was opened in 1983. If only those walls could speak, what stories they could tell. That will be a day of mixed emotions, a bit of sadness and we hope a lot of excitement. The bar and BBQs will continue throughout the reconstruction, working from temporary digs. It will be fun coming down each week to keep an eye on progress.

As you may be aware last Friday was the final BBQ for 2016 and these will recommence on the 3rd February 2017, after the school holidays. If any clubs or not for profit organisations would like to host a BBQ next year please email govesurfclub@gmail.com and we will put you on the planner. These are fun nights and a great way to raise funds for your club.

A new round of SRC/ Bronze Medallion training will commence in early 2017. If you would like to get involved in a very social club and support your community send an email and we will get details to you.

And lastly, we would like to thank our many bar volunteers. It is because of these guys that we can function as a club. They give their time selflessly and are working while you are relaxing and enjoying our facilities. We appreciate your time and dedication and hope to see you all again helping in 2017.

Kind regards
Brett Parfitt
President