All systems gofor Salt SLSC

THE first new surf life saving facility in NSW for more than a decade was given final approval by Surf Life Saving NSW yesterday to be established at Salt, South Kingscliff.

The Salt Surf Life Saving Club, to be officially founded and established by December 1, will be the 10th club in the Far North Coast branch.

Patrol squads are expected to be operating as soon as Christmas to coincide with the opening of the Outrigger on the Beach at Salt resort, which is expected to open next month.

Spokesperson for the Salt SLSC, Tom Ray, said he was delighted by the decision.

The inaugural AGM to appoint office bearers will be called soon and the construction of a facility to house lifeguard equipment is close to completion.

"We have always identified the need for a surf lifesaving facility along the beach at Salt, and this decision by Surf Life Saving NSW to grant us a club has given us the green light to finalise our plans," Mr Ray said.

The club facilities will include a 160sqm single-level building which will incorporate a surf lifesaving equipment store, office, locker room and first-aid room, together with full public conveniences including a separate suite for disabled people.

The building is being constructed on the beach side of Salt's central park, set back from the 7F conservation zone and Salt's beachfront public boardwalk.

It is flanked on either side by Salt's two resorts, the Outrigger on the Beach and Peppers Beach House. The facility has been designed by international architects and planners ML Design, the firm responsible for drawing up Salt's masterplan.

Consultation has been undertaken with both Surf Life Saving NSW and the Tweed Shire Council to ensure the design meets the needs of its end users.

Mr Ray said funding for the club would be primarily sought from private sponsorship with a founding members' program.

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