Batemans Bay Usher In New Clubhouse

It was an Australia Day to celebrate for Surf Lifesavers from Batemans Bay SLSC with the Far South Coast club officially unveiling their revamped clubhouse.

Construction of the new facility began in April 2015 and was officially opened on Australia Day with Bega MP Andrew Constance, SLSNSW President Tony Haven AM and Far South Coast Branch President Tony Rettke among the dignitaries present.

The club received $305,000 in funding under the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Grant Program last season, and were able to add to the tally with a significant fundraising push in their local community so they could renovate their run down clubhouse.

Vice President of Batemans Bay SLSC and Project Leader, Ken Bellette is absolutely thrilled with the new building as the old building had clearly reached its use-bye date and was unfit for use.

“Our previous clubhouse was condemned completely and we couldn’t use it for anything. So we’ve revamped it all and now it means we can hire the hall out which will help us with funding for the club,” said Ken Bellette.

“This new building will also help the club bring new members on board – we hope to increase membership tenfold for next season.”

The Vice President of Batemans Bay SLSC also revealed that the community have also been a major help with many businesses providing material support by reducing the costs of materials and providing extra funding where possible.

“The whole community got involved in the project, and a number of businesses gave us greatly reduced rates on everything for which we are very thankful. We were around $50,000 short of finishing the building when the Batemans Bay community chipped in again and made up the final costs,” said Ken Bellette.

Mr Bellette said the opening ceremony was enjoyed by all who attended.

“It was a great day all round not just for Batemans Bay SLSC and our members but also the whole community. We had our canteen opened for the first time and the kids enjoyed themselves on the jumping castle.”

Surf Life Saving NSW President, Tony Haven AM believes this building will greatly increase the local community’s interest in surf lifesaving.

“Surf Lifesavers from Batemans Bay SLSC will see the effects of the renovation years down the track with the club able to now host carnivals as well as community events,” said Tony Haven AM.

Top Photo: Kristin Moore (Batemans Bay SLSC President), Andrew Constance, Robyn Innes (Club Patron), Tony Haven AM (SLSNSW President) and Tony Rettke (FSC Branch President) officially open the new clubhouse.
Bottom Photo: Arial view of the renovated clubhouse.

Thu 28 Jan 2016