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The long-awaited re-opening of Long Reef SLSC is quite a step up from the club’s humble beginnings, says President, Peter Kinsey.

“This is our first purpose-built club house, the first ever club was the old timber bus shelter on Pittwater Road,” he said with a laugh.

“What I tell people as well is that back then it was actually a tram shed, in the 50s. The trams would run along that stretch.

“So certainly, we’re very glad to have it [the new building].”

The Northern Beaches club cut the ribbon to officially unveil a space four years in the making, and many more in the planning, on Saturday 11 February.

Designed by award winning Sydney and South Coast based architecture practice Adriano Pupilli Architects, the shape of the courtyard and placement of the buildings – three, in all – was dictated by the preservation of some existing, much-loved trees including two Pandanus, a Norfolk pine, and the Banksia grove.

The main building, being the clubhouse, is self-contained and tucked behind an existing dune with the ground level hosting a training space, gym, first-aid room and two large storage sheds for surf craft and rescue equipment.

The second level has a spectacular function room serviced by a commercial kitchen and bar taking in sweeping views of the ocean.

The other two low rise buildings include a public amenities block, café and additional community storage lockers, including space for Lifeguards and the local Board Riding group.

“The opening was great, the members have been waiting for this for more than 19 years,” Peter continued.

“We’ve had COVID-19 delays and wet weather, but this is something we’ve sorely needed, the old club house was well past its use-by date.

“It’s something which helps us to do what we’re here for which is keep the beachgoing community safe as best we can.

“It’s a great build, we even have a proper barbeque installed, no more wheeling out the portable!”

Funding for the project came from a variety of sources, including the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Grant Program, as well as Council, Federal and the club’s own fundraising activities.

Thursday 16 February 2023

Long Reef SLSC 2023
Long Reef SLSC 2023
Long Reef SLSC 2023
Long Reef SLSC 2023