Surf Life Saving Club upgrade

COOLANGATTA Surf Life Saving Club's biggest redevelopment is set to hit the water.

President Jim Purdon said Councillor Chris Robbins reported to him development approval passed the full Gold Coast City Council.

And with their recent $229,338 state government funding there is a lot to smile about at the club.

"The new design is a total building concept that will make full use of our leased footprint to provide much needed and improved functional areas," Mr Purdon said.

"And a facade and general appearance that the local community will be proud of."

He said the supporters club's seating area would be expanded and its kitchen and support facilities redeveloped to "meet the demands of increased seating for dining and function events".

"We expect to call tenders in January with a proposed commencement date in April next year.

"We have to put a clock on the building or beach and need to move the pedestrian crossing for a loading bay, and other conditions.

"The total cost will be about $2.7 or $2.8 million but we'll know more when we go to tender.

"The club's been upgraded three times: it began single-storied, then went to two stories and has been added to in an ad hoc fashion.

"This redevelopment will be the biggest the club has ever seen."

Mr Purdon said the club was increasingly focusing on its community and as a result "the community and members deserve something nice".

"We've had a lot more community events on the beach.

"One of our goals is to be very involved in the community.

"Just on Wednesday we had 18 kids after school here learning water safety, 15 seniors training for swim, board and ski and nine elderly people in a group swimming to Greenmount and back."

The club's good fortune has a bittersweet taste, however.

Mr Purdon said they yesterday said goodbye to member Billy Butcher, a Korean Veteran who passed away on November 6 and wanted his ashes spread near the club, fittingly on Remembrance Day.

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