The newly refurbished Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club has now reopened, with a new level for a community hall, new kitchen facilities, a new office and other major improvements – plus a beauty of a bar!
Aside from the bar fit-out, which was funded by the Surf Club, the $1.25 million project was the combination of funds from Northern Beaches Council ($700k), the NSW Office of Sport Surf Club Facilitiy Program ($300k) over $150k in various federal funding.
The refurbishment specifically saw the creation of a community space with kitchen facilities, a renewed club room and bar, additional storage and improved amenities as well as a new lift, stairs, office and just about anything else one can think of for a top-notch clubhouse, including energy efficiencies.
At its official reopening on Wednesday, 1 June, Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the refurbishment marks a new chapter in the history of Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club and its 1,300 members.
“It’s a fantastic new venue for the wider community to also enjoy at the stunning location of Queenscliff Beach,” he said. “This project is a great example of what can be achieved when local clubs and all levels of government work together.”
Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club President Garry Fox said they were delighted with the upgraded facilities.
“The new club meets all the expectations of the vision developed 10 years ago in the club’s masterplan. I think the building is perfect for the future of our club as it continues to grow and fulfil our lifesaving duties.
“It’s wonderful to see a look of amazement when our members and the community first see the new building.
“The new facilities also provide the club with opportunities to hire the rooms which will provide additional funding to purchase lifesaving equipment and to pay for education programs.
“It’s now seen as a place where people want to gather, share their stories and have fun. We welcome everyone to come and visit us and join in the Surf Life Saving movement,” Mr Fox said.
President of Surf Life Saving NSW George Shales said the club upgrades had made it a more welcoming place for the community, as well as the volunteer surf lifesavers.
Head to the surf club’s website for bookings Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club – Queenscliff Beach
We were unable to attend the reopening in person last minute but our friends at Northern Beaches Advocate made it to the event, you can view their story and photos of the morning here: https://www.northernbeachesadvocate.com.au/2022/06/01/queenscliff-slsc-reopens/