Construction of a new surf club and amenities block at Mona Vale Beach was approved at this week’s Council meeting.

In moving the motion, Councillor Kylie Ferguson said the reconstruction of the current Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club building, which was built in 1969, had been a long time coming.

“We’ve got parts of the building breaking off and it desperately needs to happen. We’ve met many times, had many discussions. Let’s build it. This club has a use-by date of about 15 years ago,” she said.

Both the former President and current President of Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club addressed Council in support of the redevelopment. Former President Bryce Munro recognised Council staff for their professionalism, particularly in handling concerns from the public about the new amenities building.

“On New Years Eve last year there was some general public opposition, which is great, that’s what council is here for and what a democracy is. There was some concerns raised on social media, a little bit hysterical, but council took time to listen, meet and act on people’s worries and issues,” said Mr Munro.

Current President Paula Tocquer echoed the thanks to staff and reminded Council of the purpose of the club.

“I want to represent our members to thank Council for bringing the project to this point. We are very excited about the project. As a Surf Life Saving Club our primary interest is keeping the public safe and serving the community,” said Ms Tocquer.

The Council resolved the motion almost unanimously, with the exception of Pittwater Ward Councillor Alex McTaggart who did not speak to the motion but voted against it.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan thanked the Presidents of Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club for their recognition of staff’s role in progressing the reconstruction of the club and expressed his own support of the project.

“It was nice to hear staff get recognised at the AGM for Mona Vale. We need these surf clubs to be future proofed as much as we can, where we can. It’s a good spend of Council money and resources. I look forward to seeing it built,” he said.

“The new building will be on the existing site over two levels, with an expanded floor space that will provide valuable services to the community and significantly benefit our professional and volunteer lifeguards.

“It will include a cafe, restaurant, nippers’ facilities, storage for the local board riders club, function space, a first aid room, family change facilities and improved accessibility with a particular focus on minimising its environmental impacts, such as the use of solar panels and recycling rainwater.

“Thanks to Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club who has worked closely with Council to ensure this vital asset will soon be available to its members and the wider community for decades to come.

“The new clubhouse will mean our lifesavers will have fit-for-purpose facilities so they can focus on saving lives and supporting their community,” said Mayor Regan.

Originally scheduled to commence in July 2020 for completion in June 2021, the project will now be put out to tender prior to Christmas, with an expected budget in excess of $7m and construction expected to commence around March 2021.

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