Coun­cil to vote on surf club de­sign

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

A pro­posal to up­grade Den­mark Surf Life Sav­ing Club into a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity will be pre­sented to the Shire of Den­mark coun­cil next Tues­day.

Den­mark SLSC pres­i­dent Jane Kels­bie said the trans­for­ma­tion project was an ex­cit­ing plan for the club, which was named WA club of the year in June.

To­gether with PTX Ar­chi­tects, the club has com­pleted a draft de­sign of the pro­posed new build­ing.

The de­sign in­cludes a tiered grassed pub­lic open space and a new two-storey build­ing with rooftop fa­cil­i­ties to re­place the ex­ist­ing two-storey club­house.

“The new club will still be sit­u­ated at Ocean Beach and the new lo­ca­tion will al­low for bet­ter ac­cess for our emer­gency re­sponse team and life­sav­ing ser­vices and cre­ate more us­able space at the beach for com­mu­nity,” Ms Kels­bie said

Den­mark SLSC project leader Wayne Winch­ester said the club had worked closely with the Shire in the past 18 months to de­velop the trans­for­ma­tion project.

“In close con­junc­tion with the Shire of Den­mark and our other key stake­hold­ers, we’ve com­pleted a fea­si­bil­ity study, a busi­ness case and con­cept de­sign draw­ings for the project,” he said.

“All the key play­ers have been in­volved in this project to date but we still need to present the de­sign pro­posal to the coun­cil to seek in-prin­ci­ple sup­port be­fore pro­gress­ing any fur­ther.

“If the project pro­ceeds, we an­tic­i­pate the ma­jor­ity of the fund­ing to come from State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment grants.”

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Parker said the club re­de­vel­op­ment had been iden­ti­fied dur­ing the Shire strate­gic com­mu­nity plan­ning process meet­ing ear­lier this year.

“The Den­mark Surf Life Sav­ing Club will be at­tend­ing a brief­ing ses­sion on Tues­day, 11th Septem­ber, 2018 to up­date coun­cil on their project,” he said.

“It is an­tic­i­pated that coun­cil will con­sider an item in Septem­ber, 2018 to en­dorse an ap­pli­ca­tion made by the Den­mark Surf Life Sav­ing Club un­der the Com­mu­nity Sport and Re­cre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Fund.”

The Shire will wel­come pub­lic com­ments on the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment once the fate of the project is de­cided at the up­com­ing meet­ing.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Den­mark SLSC pres­i­dent Jane Kels­bie, cap­tain Martin Nor­wood, Shire pres­i­dent Cein­wen Gearon and Wayne Winch­ester.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new two-storey club­house.

The de­sign in­cor­po­rates rooftop fa­cil­i­ties.

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