In the 2015-16 and 2018-19 State Budgets, the Victorian Government allocated $2.06 million for the construction of the new South Melbourne Life Saving Club (LSC) facility.
Situated in the local government area of Port Phillip, the South Melbourne LSC plays an important role in the safety of swimmers and beachgoers, and the new clubhouse will ensure lifesavers have the facilities they need to respond to incidents and keep people safe in the water.
The new fit-for-purpose facility, which was officially opened on 2 November 2019, reflects the commitment and dedication of club volunteers to the local community and enables an expansion of local services, while supporting the retention and recruitment of new volunteers.
The new clubhouse provides volunteer lifesavers with more space to support their patrols during summer, as well as year-round facilities for the whole community to enjoy. The redevelopment has also delivered a new kiosk, a multi-purpose room for community use, accessible public toilets, and has improved the safety of the cycle path adjacent to the clubhouse.
The City of Port Phillip undertook considerable consultation with the South Melbourne LSC and Life Saving Victoria, as well as affected parties and the local community, to ensure that the new facility meets the needs of a growing local community, now and into the future.