SURFING WA WELCOMES A SHORTEN LABOR PARTY PRE-ELECTION COMMITMENT FOR NEW HEADQUARTERS & TRAINING FACILITIES AT TRIGG BEACH

Surfing Western Australia today welcomed a pre-election commitment from Bill Shorten and the Federal Labor Party of $4 million to build a new administration and training facility at Trigg Beach.

The new headquarters will be the home to surfing in WA and will feature an expanded operational area for surfing lessons, water safety programs, training of judges and officials, increased equipment storage facilities as well as more workspace for staff.

“Some 170,000 West Australians regularly enjoy the thrill of surfing and the new facilities will be critical in the continued delivery of world-class events, coaching and education programs and the future of the sport of surfing in WA,” said Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane.

“We’re elated and truly grateful for Federal Labor’s commitment to improve what we can deliver for surfers and the wider community. I’d like to thank Labor candidate for Stirling Melita Markey for her interest and advocacy in this project.”
 
Surfing WA’s current headquarters has passed it’s used-by date, but today’s announcement will help Surfing WA continue to support 31 boardriding clubs along the WA coastline, deliver a suite of local, state, national and international events and assist in the identification and training of the next generation of WA surfing heroes like Taj Burrow and Bronte Macaulay.

“On behalf of all West Australian surfers, we would like to recognise Bill Shorten and the Federal Labor Party's commitment and support for one of the world's highest growth participation sports,” said Surfing WA Chair Mike Best. 
 
“Surfing WA began planning for new headquarters back in 2014 and we’re confident this announcement will create a groundswell of support for surfing right across WA.”

A copy of the Bill Shorten's announcement can be found HERE

For further information, please contact:

Mark Lane - Surfing WA CEO – 0419 347 348

About Surfing Western Australia:
Surfing WA has been the governing body of surfing in WA since 1964, covering all surfing codes including long boarding, body boarding, stand up paddle boarding and short board surfing. Surfing WA hosts the annual Drug Aware Margaret River Pro surfing competition and runs local, regional and state contests throughout WA most weekends.

In addition to teaching thousands of kids all over the state to surf each year, Surfing WA trains judges and officials, develops educational programs, works with elite surfers and future professionals and advocates for the sport all over WA. More info at www.surfingwa.com.au