New clubhouses at Edithvale and Point Lonsdale prepare for the future

Photo: Sarah Wood Photography

Keeping locals and visitors safe at Victorian beaches is one of our core activities at Life Saving Victoria and our lifesaving clubs and their volunteers work tirelessly to do just that, all year round.

Supporting clubs to prepare for the future is a key part of our mission to prevent aquatic deaths and injury and, as part of this, we know improved lifesaving facility design and functionality leads to better equipped lifesavers being better able to do what they do best – which is of course to save lives.

That’s why LSV’s Life Saving Facility of the Future Development Guidelines are based on a shared vision between the lifesaving movement, the community and the emergency management sector, that centres on a lifesaving facility being much more than just a conveniently located structure.Edithvale Life Saving Club (LSC) was officially opened to the public in early March by Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services, the Hon Paul Edbrooke MP, while Point Lonsdale SLSC has embarked on the new building journey with the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Hon Lisa Neville MP, attending the official sod-turning in late February.

The new facilities are modern and fit-for-purpose, enabling our clubs to deliver their important community services. The new clubhouses will provide volunteer lifesavers with more space to support their patrols during summer, as well as year-round facilities for the whole community to enjoy.

Edithvale LSC president Dianne Montalto ESM said it meant a lot to all club members to have the new facility up and running.

“With the opening of the new club, we have a facility that will service our needs well into the future,” she said.

“All the members who have waited so patiently to see the new club will soon see the fruits of their commitment to the project.

“Our old building was the oldest lifesaving club in Port Phillip Bay. It had a lot of charm and we were sad to see it go, but the new one sets a new standard and will service the members and community for a range of functions and events.

“Everyone’s gaining from it, and we’re all looking forward to coming together and enjoying it to the full next season.”

Photo: Sarah Wood Photography

Point Lonsdale SLSC president Charlie Pitney said he and the club were incredibly excited as they moved one step closer to achieving their collective dream of a new state of the art lifesaving facility and community hub.

“The Club has raised over $2.2 million in community donations over the last two years,” he said.

“This generosity and support is something we are so thankful for and we are looking forward to making use of our new clubhouse and creating a stronger community.

“This building will help us to continue to deliver excellence in our life saving service, training and leadership development initiatives.”

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