On the 19th of May, Salt SLSC President, Mr Greg Lovett, signed the final Deed of Agreement document from the Australian Government which secured a $1,000,000 Community Development Grant to build the final stage of the surf club. This is the most important and significant funding achievement for the Salt Surf Club since the club was formed in 2004.
The previous $720,000 Stage 2A ground-floor extension was completed in 2016, with the main funding coming from the Surf Club Facility Grant Program with a contribution of $305,000, combined with money from 10 years of club fundraising activities.
This new $1M of funding from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will allow the $1.6M Stage 2B project to be fast-tracked to begin construction in February 2018. We also received from Tweed Shire Council a no-interest loan of $200,000 payable over 10 years.
The club also received notification from the NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, that we have been successful in securing an additional $95,000 from the Surf Club Facility Grant Program for 2017. Mr Slade and Secretary, Kareen Smith were instrumental in constructing and submitting the funding proposal.
The Stage 2B project involves building a second storey over the current footprint, which includes an area for training and administration, along with surveillance decks and members lounge. This facility will provide the local South Kingscliff and Casuarina communities with a first-class surf lifesaving resource.
Tenders were advertised for the construction of Stage 2B in July 2017. The tenders were advertised in three local newspapers and Australia-wide online. We received two prices for the works. Both bids were around $2,900,000 (only 2% variance between both prices) which is approximately double the Clubs available budget of $1,500,000.
After more than a month of working with the original architect and one of the builders who priced the works to attempt to significantly reduce the project price, the Club realized that this was not possible. To complete the build with in the budget would require only partially completing the building which is not in accordance with our funding agreement.
The Club was approached to work with another consortium (Architect, designers and builder) in a design and construct project to get the cost below the $1,500,000 budget. This required a re-design of the building to simplify the design. An amended Section 96 Certificate (DA13/109.03) was approved in December 2017 and a contract was signed with Seabreeze Homes.
After a few delays in completing some Consultants reports required for the Construction Certificate, building works commenced in February 2018. The main building works were completed by September 2018, in time for 2018/19 patrolling season commence.
Building Sub-Committee of 2017/18
Building Sub-Committee of 2016/17:
Salt SLSC Committee (2016/17):
Salt SLSC Committee (2017/18):
* served partial terms