Clubhouse redevelopment questions and answers

April 11, 2017



Anglesea SLSC's clubhouse redevelopment is a one in fifty year opportunity  to improve our ability to maintain beach safety and support a strong, vibrant and healthy membership and community.


Following achievement of a key milestone in the redevelopment process, we have prepared answers to a number of common questions regarding the project. These include:

  • Why do we need the redevelopment?

  • What is the scope?

  • What say do members get?

  • What say does the community have?

  • Will the community have access to the facilities?

  • What has happened so far and why has it taken so long?

  • What are the next steps?

  • How is it being paid for?

  • What impact will there be during the redevelopment?

  • What about traffic and road safety?

  • Can we get more car parking?

  • What impact will there be on important native vegetation?

  • What environmental considerations are there in the redevelopment?

  • How can I get more information?



Why do we need the redevelopment?


The reasons for seeking to redevelop the lower (older) part of the existing clubhouse are twofold:


  1. The existing building which is close to 60 years old fails to comply with current occupational health and safety standards and community expectations for the operational and training base for Victoria’s largest surf life saving club. An LSV building audit several years ago estimated close to $1 million would be required to bring the facility to an acceptable standard.; and


  2. The club has simply outgrown the existing facility.


    ASLSC currently has around 2000 members and the current facilities cannot support this level of membership.  It is acknowledged that facility usage varies significantly throughout the year; peaking in December and January with a lower level of use throughout the winter months. However the club does make continuous use of the facility throughout the year with activities such as club training, social events and equipment upgrading and repair.  This is in addition to wider community use of the facility. 


Over the past 15 years the very basis of surf lifesaving has changed with a much greater emphasis on education and training.  ASLSC’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 notes that the club’s purpose is to “To provide a safe aquatic environment in the Anglesea region by providing best practice lifesaving and first aid services to the community, to also promote aquatic health and safety whilst encouraging all members to realise their potential in surf lifesaving and surf sport.”


This change in emphasis is reflected in both the senior training activities and the Nipper program.  Whereas once Anglesea ran an annual Bronze Medallion camp for 20 to 25 candidates, today the camp caters for up to 200 participants.  Current facilities cannot support this number as much of the training is “classroom” based and as a consequence the club is forced to erect a number of large tents to provide the necessary room.  Likewise the Nipper program, which has grown from around 200 participants to between 500 and 600 over the past 15 years has a much higher educative content than 15 to 20 years ago also requiring facilities off the beach.


This in turn provides an excellent opportunity to redevelop the facility to the benefit of not only ASLSC but also to the broader community.


What is the scope?


The existing lower clubhouse building contains:


  • The clubs administrative office;

  • The patrol and training office

  • First aid room which provides no privacy

  • A “general purpose area” used for meetings, training, member requalification.

  • Patrol equipment storage

  • General storage areas

  • Male and female toilets and change rooms;

  • A ventilated fuel store.


The redevelopment, which will be within the footprint of the existing building, will replace these facilities and more effectively link the lower and upper clubhouse buildings and will provide:


  • More accessible and appropriate first aid facilities and easier ambulance access;

  • Separation of the training and operational areas with appropriate storage areas;

  • Administrative offices to support ongoing activities;

  • Flexible training facilities on the upper level that will cater for current and future lifesaving training requirements.


The facility is being designed with flexibility in mind so that in the off-season the club has the opportunity to encourage wider use by community and corporate organisations, the latter providing an increased income stream to the club and potentially other Anglesea service providers.


What say do members get?


Members have had the opportunity to be involved throughout the process.  At the outset all members were invited to par