Surf club concerns on the agenda

Proposed to sit west of the recently realigned Brazier Road, overlooking Yanchep Lagoon, the building would include surf club facilities and public amenities.

A report on the March 3 agenda follows Department of Planning (DoP) feedback on the City’s coastal hazard risk management and adaptation plan submitted last September.

‘(After consultation) it was concurred that DoP erosion figures could be accepted on the basis that the overall design life for the Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club be reduced from 100 years to 50 years,’ the report said.

‘The apron and clubhouse are expected to be exposed to coastal hazards earlier than originally intended.’

At last week’s council briefing session, Cr Sabine Winton asked about the costs of building a facility that would have a shorter lifespan that previously expected.

‘What are we spending over the lifetime per year?’ Cr Winton said.

‘I have a concern about that amount of spend; we should be looking at intergenerational assets and I don’t think this one might be.’

Harminder Singh, the City’s acting infrastructure director, said the shorter lifespan was based on how close the building was to the coastal environment.

‘We can calculate some costs for the ongoing monitoring that will be required, but any works resulting out of that management, that’s unknown,’ he said.

Cr Winton asked whether alternative locations for the building had been considered and chief executive Daniel Simms said that information could be provided to councillors for tonight’s meeting.

Mr Simms said surf club operations were usually ‘location-specific’ so surf club buildings needed to be close to the beach.

The report said the current development approval would expire in October, but the City only planned to start construction in November.

Overall, the project is expected to cost more than $7.27 million, with another report recommending a contract worth $254,580 be awarded to Lycopodium Infrastructure, one of 10 companies that submitted tenders to design the building.