Building Works Have Commenced

Works have begun this week to transform Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club into a more functional and welcoming space for its members and the wider community.

The Club, in partnership with Council, have been working for many years to get the balance right and make sure the club is both functional and viable for years to come.

The $1 million renovations include:

* A new public hall and balcony to take in the stunning ocean views
* A new accessible toilet
* A new lift and lift lobby to improve accessibility access
* Relocated club facilities
* Re-tiling, new stair balustrades, landings and corridors to improve compliance with building codes and accessibility requirements
* Additional stairs to allow separation between club member areas and public areas
* General painting.

The works are expected to be completed in May. Public amenities at the south end of the building will not be affected by the construction and access along public paths will be maintained.

This project is being undertaken as part of Council’s Surf Life Saving Club Minor Works Program. Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club secured grants totalling $400,000, Council secured a grant for $150,000 from the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund and the remaining $500,000 will come from Council reserves.

To find out more about this projects and track its progress, visit our website for the latest information.

Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Northern Beaches Council.

History of our Building Project

The 2019-2020 year has seen quite a lot of progress on many fronts including maintenance activity, the 20 year Surf Club lease template and the major building project. Northern Beaches Council (NBC) has been fundamental with their involvement, funding support and allocation of staff in achieving this progress.

MAINTENANCE ACTIVITY: Northern Beaches Council has embraced critically needed catch-up maintenance.

o The replacement of all the worn brick paving on ground floor, under the curtilage of the building;

o Removal and relocation up to the grassed area of the bike racks to allow better building access;

o Replacement of door to the board storage room, vandalised glazing to first aid room;

o Servicing of the large roller shutter door operation for the boat shed;

o Alterations and extensions to the ground floor Accessible toilet to bring it up to current standards;

o Rescrewing of the curved copper roof over the community hall; and

o Obtained quotations to remove and replace the highlight windows in the community hall and the foyer area to fix water leaks, re-instate operability of ventilation windows and reduce risks.


A final draft of the Lease and Appendices was distributed for feedback from the SNB surf clubs, feedback was collated and NBC held a Q and A meeting with the clubs at SNB Branch office. In the opinion of Queenscliff SLSC’s executive, the lease is: “generally okay and able to be signed, subject to the club-specifics in the “Maintenance Schedule” which is different for each club. Some clubs are still resolving specifics, generally because of their land ownership or commercial operations. With the impending major building works at Queenscliff SLSC we are likely not to need to sign the lease until those works are completed, in 2021.”

In 2019 NBC advised the club of their preference to take over and manage this project, for which the club has secured funds from 2017 via Federal, State and Local government grants and promises for $710,000. In so doing, NBC allocated two project procurement staff to develop a tender package and a delivery strategy. Together they have achieved considerable advancements including:

o Gained 100% sign off by certifiers for the various works since the 2013 Construction Certification, including many S96 adjustments and approvals like the Network Ten, occupation, courtyard enclosure, members showers and toilets revisions and creation of a Nipper storage room.

o Secured tender documentation for Building, Hydraulics, Electrical, Fire Safety, Lift and Structural;

o Completed a pre-tender Quantity Surveyors review estimate for the scope of works including temporary facilities and contingencies

Queenscliff has liaised with the State and Federal grants groups and achieved extensions of time to December 2020 for expenditure.

The next steps require NBC to review this package, determine if they will fund the shortfall between the forecast tender pricing and available funds, then proceed to open tenders.

At the time of writing this report we are in the midst of unforeseen economic turmoil and NBC income streams will have been impacted. Whilst the building and construction industry is currently still operating, projects can only proceed if fundable, so the club must await the outcome from NBC. We are very close to these works being a reality and the club being available in early 2021, once NBC are able to tender.

PLANS OF THE MAJOR BUILDING PROJECT: These are available on the Club’s Notice Board

Alan Butler