Yanchep life saving club members new digs ready by mid-November


Yanchep Surf Lifesaving Club president John Heesters at the site of the club’s new base. Picture: Martin Kennealey  d472313
Yanchep Surf Lifesaving Club president John Heesters at the site of the club’s new base. Picture: Martin Kennealey d472313

YANCHEP Surf Life Saving Club members expect to move into their new digs by mid-November.

The City of Wanneroo council recently approved a lease agreement with the not-for-profit club for the Brazier Road building that will become the lifesavers’ base.

Councillors unanimously approved the five-year lease at their July 25 meeting and noted that the lease for the old building had expired in December and had been held over with a clause that it could be terminated when either party gave a week’s notice.

“Ours is still a peppercorn lease, but we’ve entered into a maintenance schedule,” YSLSC president John Heester said.

“We pay money as part of our lease arrangement for the City to be responsible for various maintenance.”

Mr Heesters said the arrangement meant the volunteers did not have to worry about maintaining a dozen things like fire extinguishers, air-conditioning or graffiti removal.

“Our job is saving lives on the beach,” he said.

“It might be a step in the right direction and take some of the load off us in maintaining this big building.”

According to the July council report, the club had leased the old premises since 1987 and that building was at the end of its lifecycle, “outdated, unfit for purpose and not conducive to modern surf-lifesaving operations”.

“The new building is a dedicated, purpose-built, modern facility which will service the requirements of the YSLSC and the community alike,” the report said.

Mr Heesters recently toured the building site, which Bistel Construction is finishing after the City terminated the contract with the original builder in 2016.

“The new building is very good,” he said.

“It’s exciting and we are really looking forward to moving in.”

The president said he expected the club’s membership to grow as a result of the more prominent position and better facilities, and hoped that would include training more senior patrol members.

For more information, visit www.yanchepsurflifesaving.com.au