HAVING been a prominent fixture of the Cape Paterson shoreline since 1969, the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Clubhouse is an integral part of the beachside community.
Now the clubhouse is to be the recipient of $1.5 million from the State Government, with the funds to go towards a complete rebuild of the existing premises.
Treasurer of the Surf Life Saving Club, Keith Bartel, spoke highly of both state and local government support, and praised the Premier for his efficiency in addressing the needs of the club.
“Daniel Andrews was prompted by reports of the clubhouse’s need for repair,” Keith said.
“He visited the club in late January, and was immediately supportive of this cause, which is reflected in the recent state budget allocation of $1.5 million to the club from the Emergency Services Fund.”
Keith also acknowledged the support from Bass MP Brian Paynter and the Bass Coast Shire Council.
“I must say, Brian Paynter has been incredibly supportive. As for the local council, Cr Neil Rankine has been very helpful and supportive, and we couldn’t ask for more.
“It seems that at all levels – government, community and club – are aligned on this issue, which makes it easier for us to move forward with the rebuild.”
The clubhouse at Cape Paterson is nearly 50 years old, and while it has served its purpose over the years, the modern nature of surf lifesaving means that a complete rebuilt is necessary.
“The current building is now no longer fit for purpose,” Keith said.
“We’re looking to completely rebuild. The technology and methodology of lifesaving has changed over the past 50 years, and we need to have a clubhouse that reflects this.
“The scope of what is needed from the club and from its members has changed, and we need to keep up with this.”
The Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club has 430 members, with 150 nippers and 150 patrolling members.
In the past year, more than 3500 hours have been volunteered by members, and with ever-increasing numbers of tourists paying a visit to the beaches of Bass Coast, it is more important than ever to ensure that the technology and services available are up to date.
Renowned architect Robert Simeoni, who has previously worked on other clubhouses such as Seaford and St Kilda lifesaving clubs, is working closely with the Cape Paterson club to create their vision for the future.
“We also want to create a community resource for the future,” Keith said.
The club is still to raise approximately $1 million for the rebuilding of the clubhouse, and is seeking input and support from the community of Bass Coast.
An open day will take place on June 11 in Wonthaggi, where the community be been involved in the project’s plans.
Complete rebuild for Cape clubhouse