IN its 90th year, Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club members are getting ready to move into new club rooms to coincide with the $100 million Scarborough foreshore redevelopment.
Club president Alan Carville said works were progressing well and the facility would include a function room, bar and adequate storage space.
Mr Carville said the club had come through a challenging period during construction, operating out of shipping containers at the northern end of the beach.
“We’ve been one of the strongest clubs on the coastline up until very recently with the downturn and not having club rooms is hard,” he said.
“The most important thing is doing patrols on the beach and we’ve managed to do that pretty well over the time we’ve been working out of the containers down the other end of the beach.
“I think once we get through this summer it will be a club where everyone will want to be a member with new spick and span clubs, the pool; it will be great.”
The club was recently the recipient of a $3000 grant from 3 Oceans Property, the developer behind the 40-storey Contacio site proposal.
Mr Carville said the funding would go towards fitting out the club’s training room with audio-visual equipment which would also benefit community first aid courses.
Mr Carville said the club rooms should be functional by the 2018 Aussies Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in April and he expected to be moving gear in from December – January.
A surf club on Scarborough Beach was established in 1927 following a mass drowning of six people in 1916.