'We have a unique opportunity to participate in the history of both Bronte and Bronte Surf Life Saving Club, by creating a building that will serve the community now and for generations to come.
We are hoping to help create a state of the art building from which we continue to provide lifesaving services, education and training to our patrolling members, training for Nippers, Youth and Masters programs, and a hub in which the broader community can gather and utilise.
A surf life saving club is more than the sum of its parts...it is, quite simply, a focal point for the whole community.’
The building that houses Bronte Surf Lifesaving Club was built in 1974, at a time when the needs of the Club, the community and Council were very different. The building has been adapted over time to accommodate current functionality reasonably well, but it is now in a state that requires urgent repairs and significant ongoing maintenance.
The cost of conducting the necessary repairs and upgrades to the existing building runs into the millions of dollars, and in alignment with their Strategic Asset Management Plan 5, Waverley Council has made the decision to rebuild the facility.
The role of lifesaving and taking care of the public has never been more relevant and we look forward to being able to provide a building for the community and our members to allow us to continue this important public function.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I understand the repairs, but why does the building need upgrades?
The current building was constructed when:
- Bronte SLSC had 200 members, the Club now has over 1,900 members patrolling our beach and serving the community, or training to be the next generation of Lifesavers.
- Women were not permitted to be members of the Club, there are now almost 800 female members.
- There was no Nippers program. We now have over 750 Nippers, our largest member base.
- There isn’t adequate storage for our equipment needs. Lifesavers use IRBs (Inflatable Rescue Boats) and rescue boards to conduct rescues, these need to be stored and maintained somewhere. While we can’t begin to imagine what the equipment going into the future will be, we need to have secure, flexible, practical areas to store this equipment.
Why is Waverley Council involved?
Bronte is unique among surf lifesaving clubs because we share physical space with Council and work in close alliance with them to provide services to the local area.
We are working in close partnership with Waverley Council on this project to provide an integrated building that will include Council, public and surf club facilities, including a tower for the Council Lifeguard operations, change rooms, showers and toilets for park and beach-goers, a kiosk, a site for council maintenance operations, and facilities to meet the requirements of the Surf Lifesaving Club.
What is the current status of the project?
We are pleased to advise that Waverley Council endorsed our new building design and agreed to let it proceed to Development Application documentation at their meeting on 17th of May 2022.
As part of the process, we will continue to resolve matters raised through the community consultation in the detailed design phase of the project. The Club will also finalise its Heads of Agreement with Waverley Council, including a revised funding arrangement.
Our current timeline has us planning to lodge the DA in September 2022.
We are continuing to collate the information and feedback provided at the 30th of April 2022 Community consultation and the 17th of May 2022 Waverley Council meeting, and will be providing a detailed update on our website in the near future.