Bridgewater clubroom renovations continuing
PORTLAND’S volunteer lifesavers are continuing to have their beachside base renovated while preparing for a busy season starting on December 1.
The Portland Surf Life Saving Club’s Cape Bridgewater clubrooms are having a new patrol tower installed that will provide wider visibility of the popular beach.
At the same time, a training and function room is being built, with an adjoining commercial kitchen that the club expects will make the facility a popular venue hire location, club president Kym Maybery said.
The $400,000 of works to the building’s upper level has been financed by a combination of government funding and grants as well as donations from philanthropic trusts.
Mrs Maybery estimated up to $30,000 has been saved through club member working bees to install insulation, as well as do other jobs, and some works had also being carried out by club members who are also tradespeople.
In addition, the club has held a number of fundraisers to manage a cost shortfall, with some members currently available to wait tables or provide bar staff at functions for a fee.
“We are also now asking businesses and community members if they would like to be a part of our $100 ‘Donate a Decking Board’ fundraiser for the new wooden deck that is being built around three sides of the upper level,” Mrs Maybery said.