Brighton LSC has received a funding boost from the State Government toward its new lifesaving facility, with a $1 million contribution to the redevelopment as part of the 2017/18 state budget.
The funding is part of the $6 million announced for lifesaving facility redevelopments and urgent repairs.
Together with funding from the Bayside City Council and the Brighton LSC, this funding will enable a $6 million redevelopment of the Dendy St Beach Pavilion.
Home to Melbourne’s iconic beach boxes, the beach precinct is visited by an estimated 65,000 visitors and tourists each year, with Brighton lifesaving volunteers providing nearly 2700 hours of lifesaving patrols each year.
Currently in planning stages, the project is being led by the Bayside City Council and willdeliver a modern facility to meet the requirements for lifesaving volunteers and services, while also delivering community spaces and amenities with energy efficient design features.
The development will be over two levels, featuring storage facilities and a multi-purpose training space for the Brighton Life Saving Club, new accessible public toilets, and a 60 seat cafe with level access from the carpark.
Bayside City Council Director of Corporate Services Mick Cummins says that although the existing structure has served the community well over time, it is now in poor condition and doesn’t meet the needs of Brighton LSC volunteers.
“The new development will provide much-needed space for storage of lifesaving equipment, which is currently kept off-site due to lack of space. It will also include training spaces, modern change rooms and amenities.”
LSV General Manager Lifesaving Club Development Andrew Foran said Brighton LSC had been one of a number of clubs prioritised for redevelopment by LSV through an independent audit process.
“On behalf of LSV and the Brighton LSC, I would like to thank the State Government for its funding contribution toward this project. This much needed funding to replace Brighton’s deteriorating facility will deliver a new community gathering place and state of the art lifesaving facility,” he said.
“Supporting our volunteers in the provision of beach rescue and response services will contributes to reducing drowning deaths in coastal waters, which has been identified as of high concern in the Victorian Water Safety Strategy 2016-2020.”