Up­graded surf club ready to make mark

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE new City of Perth Surf Life Sav­ing Club opened its doors on Fri­day af­ter al­most two years of con­struc­tion.

The $8.4 mil­lion club was de­signed by James Chris­tou De­signs and jointly funded by the Town of Cam­bridge, Lot­tery­west, Depart­ment of Sports and Recre­ation and surf club mem­bers.

Gen­eral man­ager Bruce Meakins said the new build­ing would make City Beach one of Perth’s top tourist des­ti­na­tions.

“It’s great to see the build­ing fin­ished and it looks fan­tas­tic,” he said.

“The club has been around for 90 years and is very well-known, but I think with this new build­ing it will at­tract peo­ple from all over and make City Beach a tourist at­trac­tion.”

The new build­ing in­cludes a state-of-the-art gym­na­sium, first aid of­fice, a mem­ber’s cafe and lounge, train­ing and func­tion rooms with a court­yard, and a grassed rooftop. Mr Meakins said the club had been wait­ing a long time to up­grade the for­mer build­ing, which was built 45 years ago.

“The up­grade is go­ing to make a huge dif­fer­ence to the mem­bers who use the fa­cil­ity and the ser­vices we can of­fer,” he said.

“Not only is the new build­ing go­ing to at­tract new mem­bers and peo­ple want­ing to use the fa­cil­i­ties, but it’s a chance for us to look af­ter the mem­bers who have helped look af­ter the beach.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d455563

City of Perth Surf Life Sav­ing Club gen­eral man­ager Bruce Meakins.

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