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New clubhouse dream a step closer to reality for Lyall Bay

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News, Sport

OLD CLUB: In front of the old Lyall Bay Surf Club are, standing from left, Ray Stoddart, Martin Robinson, Arthur Turchie; seated middle, from left, Leza Papps, Nicole Taylor, Grant Fahey; seated bottom, from left, Arie Moore, Sam Richardson, Troy Greenem. IMAGE: Cameron Turchie

Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club is celebrating being granted building permission for its new home.

The $2.7 million building is expected to be complete by the middle of 2015, club president Marilyn Moffatt said.

The Wellington City Council planning permission is the culmination of a process that began more than six years ago and now has strong support in the community, despite battles with a few locals early on, Mrs Moffatt said.

“Getting to this stage has taken a lot of time and effort by volunteers in the club.”

She said the new building could not come sooner for the club, because of storm damage this winter, and also a surge in membership growth.

“The current clubhouse is just too old and in a very bad state, we really need the new clubhouse to continue to ensure our lifeguard service.”

Mrs Moffatt, who has been involved throughout the process, said the point was driven home in the June 20 storm this year.

Sea surges flooded the basement and flying debris smashed numerous windows and put holes in the roof of the old clubhouse, which was built in the 1950s.

Moffatt says the new building would be much better equipped to deal with the south coast’s harsh environment.   “Materials used in the construction of the new club are new and specially developed to withstand the environment, far better than the materials used in the current club.

“We have been working on a way to make the club fit into the natural environment and make it sustainable.”

The new club will have more space for gear storage, a better positioned patrol room with dedicated first aid area, a training room and larger changing rooms.

Club chairman Arie Moore, 27, said members were hanging out for a new clubhouse and was excited at the prospect of better facilities for lifesaving

“The new patrol facilities incorporate best practice from around the country.”

Mr Moore said it will be around for years to come and he likes the idea of future generations, including his two young children, using the facilities.

Mrs Moffatt said the club would now focus on fundraising.

The city council has already contributed $650,000 and she said the club is confident the rest could be made up through charity grants, fundraising events and donations from members.

“All going to plan, construction on the club should begin towards the end of 2014 and is expected to take nine months to complete.”

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