THE NEW City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club opened its doors on Friday after almost two years of construction.
The $8.4 million club was designed by James Christou Designs and jointly funded by the Town of Cambridge, Lotterywest, Department of Sports and Recreation and surf club members.
General manager Bruce Meakins said the new building would make City Beach one of Perth’s top tourist destinations.
“It’s great to see the building finished and it looks fantastic,” he said.
“The club has been around for 90 years and is very well-known, but I think with this new building it will attract people from all over and make City Beach a tourist attraction.”
The new building includes a state-of-the-art gymnasium, first aid office, a member’s cafe and lounge, training and function rooms with a courtyard, and a grassed rooftop.
Mr Meakins said the club had been waiting a long time to upgrade the former building, which was built 45 years ago.
“The upgrade is going to make a huge difference to the members who use the facility and the services we can offer,” he said.
“Not only is the new building going to attract new members and people wanting to use the facilities, but it’s a chance for us to look after the members who have helped look after the beach.”