Stage 2A - Completed

Our DA is for a two story structure featuring a large deck. However, that is about a $2 million build and we did not have sufficient funds to complete the entire build. We have enough money  to build the ground floor extension only.

The Stage 2A build started on November 16th 2015 and was completed in August 2016, just in time for the club to operate out of the new facility for the 2016/17 surf lifesaving season.  The new facility has allowed all the club's rescue equipment to be stored in one location for the first time since the club was formed in 2004.

Progress photos can be seen here.  Rendered concept images by Scott Carpenter Architects P/L

Stage 2B - estimated to commence in July 2017

The club has been successful in securing a 1 million dollar ($1,000,000) Infrastructure Grant from the Federal Government.  The Deed of Agreement was signed in May 2017, which enables the club to commit to begin construction on Stage 2B.  We have also been successful in our application for $95,000 from the Surf Club Facility Grant Program.  These 2 grants, plus a $200,000 loan from Tweed Shire Council, and club fundraising will allow the clubhouse to be fully finished during stage 2B.

The concept picture shows where we’re going! Essentially we go up another level and add a couple of large decks.

What Is It Costing?

The contract price for the ground level Stage 2A build is $717,039.09 (ex GST). Remember that this is a commercial build and the requirements are beyond those normally required for domestic housing. A significant component of the cost has been in the suspended slab which required 17 screw piers driven 10-12m into the ground and a large amount of concrete (there was 113 cubic metres of concrete just in the footings and beams under the slab).

Stage 2B has been costed at approximately $1.5M, which will be funded mainly from the Federal Government Infrastructure grant of $1M, plus contributions of $95K from Surf Club Facilities Grant, a $200K loan from Tweed Shire Council, and fundraising efforts from club members over the last 13 years.

Over the past years there have been many costs outside of the contracted build prices. Since 2010 approximately $90,000 has been spent on these extra costs which include consultant fees, DA & S96 submission and other Council fees, soil testing, surveys, services location, and even container hire to store lifesaving equipment while we build.  Another significant cost was the relocation of a mains electrical pillar.

Why Has It Taken So Long To Get Here?

Some members question why its taken so long to get here. The answers are simple:

1. Money

We don’t have unlimited funds. What we do have is the result of simple hard graft by a relatively small number of members and key sponsors. It’s a combination of running fund raising barbies, end of month raffles at Saltbar, continually applying for small grants for lifesaving equipment, maintaining and repairing equipment ourselves as much as possible, and a great source of annual funds from the Sportsman’s Lunch run by Saltbar. While the $305,000 we received from the facilities grant was key, please note that club funds are contributing just as much. The amount of club funds raised is an outstanding achievement for a small regional club that only started in 2004. We always appreciate more members helping out. Even a little bit of time can make a difference. If you wish to help out contact the Secretary (secretary@saltsurfclub.com.au) who will put you in contact with the right person.

2. Time

Most surf clubs are run and maintained by volunteer members who typically hold down full time jobs. Members volunteer their time to do lifesaving patrols or assist the club in other ways. In addition, some committee members and other club officials spend an enormous amount of extra time on club administration. Its amazing just how extensive and complex the administration is of a small regional club with some 200 members just to maintain compliance with various SLSA, SLSNSW, and other regulations and procedures. To add on top of that the time required to develop plans, raise funds, and project manage a commercial build and its easy to see why significant club projects don’t happen overnight.

3. Compliance

The club belongs to the members, with the committee delegates and other club officials represent the members. All important decisions are voted on by the committee following a recommendation from the building sub-committee. This takes much more time than if you own the building and can make the decision without reference to other “co-owners”. Even for less important items all decisions are sent to a committee for review. As one very small and isolated example, one of us spent almost an entire day reviewing various elevator options to ensure we had the best one available and then discussing same with the building sub-committee, architect, and builder. Nothing happens quickly when committees are involved. The flip side is that the club can hold its head high knowing that we have delivered the best possible result for the club as all decisions were properly thought through and are well documented.

4. Council oversight

Following issues with another surf club building project, Council decided to have greater oversight on community developments starting with Salt! Obviously our DA, S96, and Construction Certificate applications had to follow normal due process in Council but beyond that Council was particularly interested to make sure we showed good financial management and that builder selection also followed due process. We ticked all the boxes that Council asked of us. Having regular meetings with Council, keeping Council informed, and providing progress reports all took extra time. However, it also gave us confidence that we were following correct procedure and it gave Council confidence that the developer funds they contributed were being used appropriately.

5. Stormwater pipe

We wanted to maximise the footprint of the club and expand seaward right up to the then version of the 2100 erosion line. To do that meant that we would have to build over a large 1.65m diameter stormwater pipe located a few metres landward of the erosion line and several metres below the surface. In the DA approval and more clearly in subsequent meetings, Council made it clear that they do not normally allow construction over a stormwater pipe. Given our determination to maximise the club footprint we asked our consulting engineer Rod Prove to explore options which would maintain a low loading over the pipe. Rod suggested we support the building on screw piers set back a minimum 1 metre clear of the pipe. In addition we also obtained the support of the person who designed the stormwater system at Salt Village, Dr Trevor Johnson. Council gave conditional approval for this approach which required that Rod draw up proper engineering documentation and the Scott incorporate these into the architectural drawings. We also had to contract a surveyor to accurately locate the pipe. All this took a significant amount of time but it was worth it.

All the consultants in Table 1 have each contributed time and effort to the club beyond that for which we paid. We thank them all. In particular, Scott Carpenter the architect must be singled out for the many many hours of work he has done pro bono.

Table 1: Key Consultants, Contractors, and Funders

Architect:

Scott Carpenter

Stage 2A Builder:

Craig Paddison

Development Application Consultant:

Darryl Anderson

Civil Engineering Consultant:

Rod Prove

Hydraulics Consultant:

Greg Beavis

Electrical Consultant:

Clyde Maguire

Stormwater Consultant

Trevor Johnson

Painting Consultant

Danny Mena

Major Funding:

Salt Surf Club Funds

NSW Office of Sport & Recreation

Tweed Shire Council Section 94 Funds

Other Sponsors:

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Table 2: Key Milestones

Date

Milestone

15/12/2010

Preliminary development meeting with Tweed Shire Council (TSC).

14/03/2013

Development Application (DA) submitted to TSC.

23/09/2013

DA approved by TSC.

30/09/2013

Surf club facilities grant submitted to SLSNSW.

06/01/2014

Notification of facilities grant approval ($305,000).

07/08/2014

Granted 1st extension to facilities grant from SLSNSW.

26/08/2014

Submission to Tweed Shire Council re. stormwater pipe.

23/10/2014

Conditional approval from Council to build over stormwater pipe.

04/11/2014

Commence selective tender process for builder.

24/02/2015

Application for a 2nd extension to facilities grant.

10/03/2015

Granted 2nd & final extension to facilities grant for start by 1 Dec 15.

12/05/2015

Craig Paddison endorsed by committee as the builder.

10/07/2015

Section 96 application to modify the DA submitted to TSC.

02/10/2015

Construction certificate application submitted to TSC.

12/10/2015

Approval for S96 modifications received from TSC.

11/11/2015

Received construction certificate from TSC.

16/11/2015

Commenced construction of Stage 2A

28/08/2016

Stage 2A completed

15/09/2016

Federal Liberal-National Party funding commitment announced

05/09/2016

Surf club facilities grant application submitted to SLSNSW.

04/04/2017

Surf club facilities grant of $95K approved

19/05/2017 Deed of Agreement signed for $1m federal grant

 Regards Rob Slade (Vice President, and on behalf of the Building Sub-Committee and Club Committee).

Building Sub-Committee:

  • Rob Slade, Ben Clements, Greg Lovett (2016/17)
  • Rob Slade, David Rope, Mark Humphries, Kevin Pleace (2015/16)

Salt SLSC Committee (2016/17):

  • President - Greg Lovett;
  • Vice-President - Rob Slade;
  • Secretary - Kareen Smith;
  • Treasurer - Morris Uttley;
  • Club Captain - Jeff Smith;
  • Junior Activities Co-ordinator - Adam Wright;
  • General committee - Ben Clements, Simon Beck, Julianne Donnelly.

Previous committees:

  • While the build of the Stage 2A clubhouse happened under the watch of the 2015/16 building sub-committee club committee, much preparation work was done by previous committees. In particular Dave Hoare, a past President and also a Life Member of Salt SLSC, did much of the early work leading up to and including the DA submission. Dave Hurt provided valuable advice and time as a previous member of the building sub-committee. Gary Raso, a previous Club Captain, also provided much valuable advice.