Watching the old Brighton Surf Life Saving Club building
being demolished came with a twinge of sadness for club
patron and life member Maurice Bell, who helped build it back
However, despite all his memories of the old building, Mr
Bell, who was president at the time it was built, was pleased
the $465,000 project to build a new club was taking another
''It's a big step for our new club to see the old one come
down,'' he said.
It took only about half an hour for the building to be
flattened yesterday morning, leaving the way open for work to
start on the new building on January 20.
''The great thing about it is that Fulton Hogan have donated
their time and machinery to do the job, and we have club
members providing security.''
The club also wanted to thank G.J. Gardner Homes, which was
taking on the surf life-saving club as a community project
and had provided a temporary clubhouse.
''Without G.J. Gardner's support we could not do this.''
The new 330sq m building, due to open about halfway through
this year, would be a facility for the whole community and
not just the life-saving club, Mr Bell said. The old building
had limitations in terms of storage, and to add to it was not
Rebuilding committee convener Scott Weatherall said the
project was about ''future-proofing'' the club for another 35