New St Kilda Life Saving Club

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A sod turning ceremony marked the official start to a much-needed modern new St Kilda Life Saving Club.

Life Saving Victoria President Tom Mollenkopf joined Port Phillip Council Mayor Amanda Stevens at the latest milestone for the multi-million dollar redevelopment due to open late next year. Cr Stevens said the old building, which has been demolished did not meet Life Saving Victoria minimum standards for providing emergency services.

“We’re proud that the new building will allow the club to increase its participation in surf boat rowing, start a nippers program for juniors and continue to provide rehearsal space for local bands. All while volunteers provide vital patrols to keep beach-goers safe,” she said.

“The redevelopment of the St Kilda Life Saving Club is an important element of the exciting revitalisation underway in St Kilda and is a big win for our community and the thousands of visitors who come to St Kilda every year to enjoy our beautiful beaches.”

Cr Stevens said the redevelopment represented the many benefits of a partnership approach. Council has contributed more than 3 million dollars including a $750,000 contribution from the Van Haandel Group towards Council’s rebuilding costs of the club as part of the groups lease agreement for the Stokehouse.

The Victorian Government, through Life Saving Victoria contributed $1 million and the St Kilda Life Saving Club is providing $100,000.

Life Saving Victoria CEO Nigel Taylor welcomed the design as “open and welcoming, it suits the local environment and complements that of its neighbour, the Stokehouse.”

“LSV notes its appreciation of the outstanding financial support from the City of Port Phillip and the State Government for this project. Without it, it would not have been possible to undertake the construction of this world class, local lifesaving resource,” Mr Taylor said.

St Kilda LSC President Jeanette Lambert said club members were excited by the opportunities to expand their membership base and the programs and services they provide to the St Kilda community.

“For the first time in decades we will have the ability to offer junior programs in a safe environment, be able to store the majority of our equipment on site and ensure the sustainability of the lifesaving service into the future. The new space will also allow us to continue to support and work with other local community groups ensuring community benefits associated with the facility are maximised for the City of Port Phillip.”

In a further benefit, a Changing Places toilet will be part of the new building, thanks to $110,000 in Victorian Government funding. “A trip to the beach should be something everyone can enjoy so it is wonderful these larger than-standard accessible toilets with extra features and more space will meet the needs of people with a disability and their carers,” Cr Stevens said.

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