Work has begun on the reconstruction of the Surf Life Saving Club at Mona Vale Beach.
Demolition of the existing clubhouse and nearby amenities building began today, the first step on the way to a new spacious and environmentally friendly clubhouse.
Mayor Michael Regan said it was pleasing to see the long-awaited project get underway.
“We have consulted extensively with the community on the rebuild, and worked closely with the Mona Vale SLSC and the State Government.
“This rebuild will give professional and volunteer lifeguards more space to carry out their essential service to the community. And the public amenities will give local swimmers and beachgoers a building that is modern, sustainable and fit for purpose.”
President of the Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club Paula Tocquer said it was a very exciting time for the club.
“The project has been a long time coming, and we have been very busy over the past week moving out of our existing building.
“The new building will not only provide the much needed improved facilities for our growing lifesaving activities such as patrol, nippers and education but it will also enable us to cater for numerous community groups and activities more adequately.”
The new building will be on the existing site over two levels and will include a cafe, restaurant, nippers’ facilities, storage for the local board riders club, function space, a first aid room, family change facilities and improved accessibility with a particular focus on minimising its environmental impacts, such as the use of solar panels and recycling rainwater.
Weather permitting, this project is expected to take 12-14 months to complete.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians, the Gayamaygal and Garigal and their Country on which we gather today. By these words we show our respect to all Aboriginal people. We acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging and the spirits and ancestors of the Clans that lived in this area.