Anticipation builds for surf life-saving club

Fletcher Reinforcing contractor Cole Shanks at work on the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club building last week. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Fletcher Reinforcing contractor Cole Shanks at work on the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club building last week. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The Brighton Surf Life Saving Club rebuild project is on budget and on track to be finished by the end of September, organisers say.

Club rebuild committee senior member Scott Weatherall said the roof of the ground floor was set to be finished this week and the first floor framing would be erected next week.

The building subcommittees were finalising the colour schemes, lighting and landscaping.

''This project is certainly becoming a real reality now.''

The buy-a-brick programme had been altered and the names of people who bought bricks would be inscribed on tiles for display on a main entrance foyer wall.

Mr Weatherall said the design allowed the community to use the clubrooms without interfering with club operations.

Community groups and individuals had approached him wanting to use the facility, including a couple who had booked it for a wedding reception.

''It is very exciting for us because that will assist the covering of the ongoing costs.''

A facility manager would be appointed.

The voluntary position would manage bookings and ensure the club was ''looking sharp''.

Because of fire regulations, the building could hold only 100 people, so there would be three or four opening ceremonies, Mr Weatherall said.

''There been so many people that have got in behind us and helped us.''

Mr Weatherall acknowledged the support of project partner G. J. Gardner and the residents and companies who approached him every week offering support towards the rebuild.

''This is exactly what we want: a genuine community-owned and used facility.''

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