Precinct set to hit the water

An artist’s impression of the new surf club building and restaurant precinct at City Beach.
An artist’s impression of the new surf club building and restaurant precinct at City Beach.

The City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club will take up residence in their new building at the start of the 2015/16 season.

Club president Grant Trew said the club’s service to the beach and its members would not be interrupted by the use of temporary facilities and looked forward to a permanent home.

“While there is still a lot of work to go during the exciting construction period, it’s a great opportunity to sit back and reflect on the last 10-12 years of hard work and know that we are finally reaching the light at the end of the tunnel,’ Mr Trew said.

Town of Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers said the $18 million redevelopment of the beachfront would make City Beach the best beach in Perth.

“I hope that this will be the first step in the creation of a restaurant precinct, where people can stroll along a beachfront promenade and parkland, with restaurants dotted along it, stretching from City Beach to Floreat Beach,” he said.

“It is an area of beautiful coastline with a vast amount of underused parking, and it is a fair distance from the nearest residences, so the two main impediments to this kind of development are not an issue.”

Two of the three hospitality tenders at the precinct have already been given to Marcel and Fiona Slobe for a restaurant, and Eleanor and Fabio Hupfer for a cafe, with the third set to be advertised early next year.

A tender for the construction of a below-ground sea wall to protect the area from storm surge has also been advertised, while remaining tenders for all building works will be released soon.