SORRENTO Surf Life Saving Club highlighted its redevelopment plans to Federal politicians this week.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough visited the club with former prime minister and surf lifesaving enthusiast Tony Abbott on May 2 for a tour of facilities and to look at expansion plans.
Having finalised the concept design last year, the club hopes to redevelop its West Coast Drive site by late 2020 and is currently exploring government funding options.
Club president Rob Doherty said the club had outgrown existing facilities.
“Our current building is designed to accommodate 800 members and as it stands we have 1650 members at the club,” Mr Doherty said.
“This year alone we had close to 600 nippers and had to place children on a waiting list as we just didn’t have the capacity.”
The president’s report said project objectives included providing facilities to address the club’s core function, servicing the forecast membership numbers, supporting junior and youth development, and addressing maintenance issues of the existing building.
The expansion from 1335sq m to 2124sq m would include creating a new reception, boardroom, clothing shop and extra space to store equipment, plus four training rooms and expanding the fitness facilities.
The timeline includes going out to tender in August 2019, with construction to finish in September 2020.
Mr Goodenough said it would be good to see upgraded clubrooms at Sorrento to support its strong membership growth.
“It’s great to have Tony here to raise the profile of the extension plans to attract corporate sponsorship as well as government funding,” he said.
The politicians also visited Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club, where Mr Abbott went for a swim with members.