Cameron Howe, News by Cameron
December 1, 2019
A $4.5 million dollar life ring will be thrown to Aspendale Life Saving Club and the exciting new plans certainly make a splash.
Aspendale Life Saving Club put their case to Life Saving Victoria and the state government, following a campaign in which president Chad Henry said the club was at its “wits end.” The state government is contributing $2 million towards the upgrade, supported by a further $2.5 million from the council.
Logistically mad, the club’s storage room is crowded with boards wall-to-wall, sandwiched behind inflatable boats stacked on top of each other. Meanwhile the building itself has been facing structural integrity issues, against the rising tide of soaring nippers numbers and membership growth.
These issues will soon be a thing of the past, with the new clubhouse affording a spacious storage room, new change facilities along with a kitchen plus a shared training and function room. A new observation tower complete with a lift will provide striking panoramic views of the bay, but most pertinently will allow lifesavers to keep watch over swimmers at the busy beach.
Taking styling cues from the coastal environment, timber walkways will provide access to the DDA compliant facility at Groves St, Aspendale. Construction could get underway as soon as 2020, after the planning permit is advertised and following the appointment of a builder.
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