NEXT GEN SORRENTO
Planners look at rebuild for coastal club
A PROPOSED redevelopment of the ageing Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club is another step closer with the Joondalup Council requesting a detailed business case to consider the options.
While it was recommended business cases be prepared on options including demolishing the existing facility and refurbishment, Mayor Albert Jacob moved an alternative motion to only consider redevelopment.
He said there was “not a lot of sense” looking at a refurbishment, which is estimated to cost $5 million as opposed to $8-$9m for a redevelopment, given the State Government had already committed $8m to the project.
He also said the club had indicated a refurbishment would not deliver what it needs for the future.
At the council briefing, former president Robert Doherty said a new build would provide an extra 550sqm for the club to not only maintain its membership but also to grow.
He said with more than 1800 members, the current facilities, which are 50 years old, were too small for a lot of its training and the ablutions were “grossly inadequate” with only three female showers.
He also said parking continued to be a big issue, as did safety when having to move heavy surf lifesaving equipment from the storage areas and across the coastal path that is heavily used by pedestrians and cyclists.
Redevelopment would remove the safety issues and add about 69 new car bays.
Mr Doherty said the club’s goal had always been for a redevelopment, with a building levy introduced into its membership fees four years ago, which had now raised more than $600,000.
“There has been a lot of work from our members to ensure we can provide our piece if needed,” he said.
According to the council report, while the facility is still structurally sound, there are issues with flooding, stormwater drainage, drain blockages, sewers, insufficient ventilation and waste trucks accessing the bin storage area.
Cr Christine HamiltonPrime said the club’s current facilities were “at the end of their life”.