THE Smiths Beach Rescue Base was installed at Smiths Beach, Phillip Island’s most popular beach, on Wednesday, May 2.
The base is designed as a satellite facility to Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club, who will staff the base and drove the project to provide an observation tower, first aid facility and shelter for volunteer surf life savers.
Benefits to the public include:
• An elevated observation positon that provides better viewing of swimmers
• First aid facilities and ramp access for paramedics and wheelchairs and gurneys
• Shelter for volunteer lifesavers
The project is the culmination of work from a large group of community supporters and members.
Major funding came through Bass MP Brian Paynter – a $250,000 grant from Emergency Services Minister James Merlino; while the Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo supported the project in its early phases with a $40,000 grant to help pay for the preliminary work and consulting reports.
Tract Consulting did a substantial amount of concept work on a pro-bono basis and created a design that will become iconic.
The facility has received praise from club members and Smiths Beach locals on how it looks and its profile in the environment.
Kane Worthy Constructions based in Inverloch led the construction work on this innovative building.
Others to support the project included: Life Saving Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Smiths Beachcomber Association (in particular Phil Dressing), Bass Coast Shire Council and Flinders MP Greg Hunt.