Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club set to open

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The new Goolwa Surf Life Saving (SLSC) Club will be officially opened this weekend.

The club first began over 10 years ago to provide a surf life saving service to the local community and visiting public at Goolwa Beach.

Construction on the club's new purpose-built facility began in August 2018 to cater for the it's growing membership. Alexandrina Council representatives will join Goolwa SLSC and Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA) at the opening on Sunday to celebrate what will become an iconic monument of beach life in Goolwa for many years to come.

The building is fitted with the latest design features

Goolwa SLSC business manager NICK FALANGA

Goolwa SLSC business manager, Nick Falanga, said the club it was an exciting moment for the club.

"The club has grown rapidly both in membership and surf life saving capabilities and participates in emergency service call outs," he said.

"The building is fitted with the latest design features. It has a bar and recreation area, surf operations garage area, first-aid room, training room, club change rooms and alfresco area."

Alexandrina Council, Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA) and Goolwa SLSC worked together to make the much needed and highly anticipated facility a reality.

The $3.5 million dollar project was part-funded by Alexandrina Council, which allocated a $500,000 contribution to SLSSA from its 2018-2019 budget.

Council also conducted site preparation, including the decommissioning and establishment of new public toilet facilities. SLSSA contributed further funding through their Club Rebuild Program, while the Goolwa SLSC provided 11 per cent of the project cost, which they tirelessly raised through fundraising activities over many years. Following a detailed procurement process, SLSSA Facilities Management Group appointed Mossop Construction and Interiors to construct the facility.

The new building will provide the Goolwa SLSC with a permanent home after operating from a temporary facility for the past seven seasons. It will also provide space and facilities for the club to branch out into new fund raising activities such as functions and other catering opportunities.

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Mayor Keith Parkes congratulated everyone involved on the achievement.

"Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club has worked tirelessly for eight seasons now, to make Goolwa Beach a safer and more accessible place for people to enjoy. On top of this, club members have raised funds to help establish this building," he said.

"On behalf of Alexandrina Council, I congratulate the club and Surf Life Saving SA on working so cohesively to build what will become an integral part of Goolwa Beach. I would also like to congratulate Mossop Construction and Interiors, as well as local trades, who have done an amazing job in presenting this quality build.

"Alexandrina Council is proud to support Surf Life Saving SA to help see our regional clubs thrive. We appreciate everything the organisation does to keep our residents and visitors safe on our beaches."

The Goolwa SLSC is the first stage in the transformation of the entire Goolwa Beach precinct, with the club designed in line with the Goolwa Beach Car Park and Environs Masterplan. The masterplan aims to create a vibrant and functional mixed-use precinct over the next 20 years.

Alexandrina Council CEO Glenn Rappensberg said: "This impressive new facility sets a benchmark for economic development and place-making by creating an asset we can be proud of that is in the best interest of our community, visitors and continued growth in the region."

The council has contributed a total of $1 million over two years to rebuild the region's three surf life saving clubs at Goolwa Beach, Horseshoe Bay and Chiton Rocks. A $5.5 million rebuild of the Port Elliot SLSC is still to come.