City staff praised for long-term building planning approach: Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club

THE future Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club building will cost $7.79 million to build and $13.5 million over its 50-year lifespan.

According to a report approved by Wanneroo City Council at its October 13 meeting, it will cost $32.5 million to replace the building, overlooking Yanchep Lagoon, in five decades time.

The report said staff evaluated costs based on the initial cost, inflation, running costs, building inspections, routine maintenance and remediation works.

“The estimated whole-of-life costs over the 50-year design life is in the order of $13.5 million,” it said.

The report said the City had involved the surf-lifesaving club in planning the new building since 2004, with discussions over the past five years centred on finalising the location.

It said the City had already spent $1 million on the project, with almost $1.2 million more allocated this financial year.

“In order to progress with the construction of Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club, additional funding of $5.65 million will be listed for allocation as part of the 2016-17 capital works budget,” it said.

Moving the motion, Cr Linda Aitken said she was looking forward to it being built.

Cr Sabine Winton praised staff for including replacement costs and ensuring there was long-term provision for facilities beyond this building’s 50-year life expectancy.

Councillors unanimously supported the motion, which noted that the design had been completed and the City would advertise a construction tender in November, with the building to be completed in 2016-17.