Clubhouse Building Development update
Dear OGSLSC Members,
Ocean Grove Beach Complex Plans submitted to City of Greater Geelong for Planning Approval.
The time has finally arrived for the new clubroom plans to be submitted to the City of Greater Geelong for planning approval. The plans are available in the Members section of the club website. The plans have been approved by the OGSLSC Management Committee and by the OGSLSC Building Sub-committee.
As many of you will know, the Town Planning process is time consuming and the club wants to promote the benefits of the new facility to the local community. In a nutshell, the design provides excellent access from the carpark directly into the club administration and social areas which retain the excellent views of the beach that we already enjoy. There will be a better kitchen and meals area and sliding doors that will allow the club to hire out one or two sections of the club lounge to cater for special events. The downstairs is devoted to lifesaving operations and has increased storage areas, a large gym and training room with better pedestrian and vehicle separation. The change rooms have more than doubled in size and there will be a patrol-ready room and well equipped first aid area.
We are “locked in” regarding the external appearance of the building, but over the next few months, Wood Marsh Architects will be undertaking detailed design of the internals of the building. If you have an area of expertise or interest in the design of the building fitout, now is the time to contact the building sub-committee and discuss your thoughts. Simple design features like timed showers, locker systems, or sand traps in the change rooms will all affect how well the club rooms serve you, the members.
Thanks to the efforts of our Local Member, Lisa Neville, the State Government through various grants has provided $3,146,800 towards the project. Our Federal Local Member, Sarah Henderson has also been a great supporter of the surf club and has pledged $1,000,000 toward the project. The project will cost in excess of this amount and I would like to encourage you to consider ways that we can fund the remainder of the project. Some members have already come forward with offers to supply specific building products at a discounted cost. Other members may have access to local suppliers who may wish to sponsor a part of the building or fit-out. If you have any leads regarding possible sponsors, please let me know.
If all goes well, we should have a new tower next summer and a new clubhouse by the following summer.
If members of the community ask about the development, please talk it up. The old building is falling down and not fit for purpose and the new building will enhance OGSLSC’s ability to do our core business of keeping the beach safe and educating the public in beach safety and life saving.
Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club