Thursday, May 30, 2024

Million-dollar upgrade secured for Bronte surf club

Waverley Council has announced a revised development application for Bronte Surf Life Saving Club and Community Facilities has been approved by the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel.

Mayor, Paula Masselos said the Council looks forward to working in partnership with Bronte Surf Life Saving Club and architects Warren and Mahoney to see the new building and facilities come to life.

The Council also congratulated Bronte SLSC for securing $1 million in grant funding for the redevelopment from the NSW Government.

“The redevelopment will see the existing, dilapidated building demolished to make way for a new, sustainable hub meeting the needs of Waverley Council park operations, contemporary surf lifesaving and for use as a community meeting space for our Waverley community,” Mayor Masselos said.

“The landmark building will provide better lifeguard facilities, add green space to Bronte Park via the communal rooftop, open up new view corridors, improve workplace health and safety requirements and will ensure the service the Club provides to the community will continue into the future.”

An artist’s impression of the new and improved Bronte Surf Life Saving Club and community facilities.

Bronte Surf Life Saving Club President, Basil Scaffidi thanked the community and its members for their support throughout the project.

“Bronte Surf Life Saving Club trains and maintains more than 400 active volunteer lifesavers on patrol, educates around 800 Nippers each season and is one of the oldest surf clubs in NSW. This new building will help us continue this service into the future,”  Mr Scaffidi said.

Highlights of the project include:

  • A balance of female to male facilities
  • family change rooms and accessible amenities
  • adequate facilities to train over 200 lifesavers per year and teach young nippers (currently almost 800)
  • fit-for-purpose lifeguard and lifesaving facilities including adequate storage and training spaces
  • lifeguard facilities with change rooms, first aid, and lifeguard tower (to align with Surf Lifesaving Australia requirements and recommendations).
  • Council staff amenities and storage
  • patrol first aid area
  • administrative offices
  • kiosk, gymnasium and function room
  • training and meeting rooms and;
  • The promenade will also be upgraded.

The club is among 32 across NSW to share in more than $5 million towards the upgrade, restoration or construction of facilities under the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program.

Other funding awarded under the program includes $632,000 for upgrades to North Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club, $398,000 for an education and training room at Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club and $151,000 to replace the roof at Narooma Surf Life Saving Club.

“NSW Surf Life Saving Clubs deliver a world-class service, protecting swimmers in the water and keeping people safe at the beach,” said Minister for Sport, Steve Kamper.

“Rain, hail or shine, surf lifesavers never waver in their commitment to protecting the community and likewise, the NSW Government will not waver in its support of these incredible volunteers.

“That’s why we are providing $21 million over 4 years to ensure our surf life saving clubs have modern, inclusive and accessible facilities.”

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