Building has commenced on a new surf club at Mona Vale Beach.

Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) members were joined by construction workers and local dignitaries, including Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan and Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes, at a sod turning ceremony at Mona Vale Beach on Friday, 28 May.

The ceremony marked the start of construction of a new surf club and amenities building at Mona Vale Beach following the completion of the demolition of the old building, which commenced a month ago.

The new surf club is being built by Kane Constructions, which has recently completed construction of the new Ambulance Station at nearby Mona Vale Hospital, which is currently undergoing a fit out. The construction cost of the surf club is forecast to be $7.3m which is being funded by contributions from club members, Northern Beaches Council and $4.5m in funding from the State Government, according to Mr Stokes.

Mona Vale SLSC is the second complete rebuild of a surf club on the Northern Beaches being undertaken this year, with Long Reef SLSC also being rebuilt and planning underway for upgrades to Newport SLSC, Dee Why SLSC and Manly LSC.

Mayor Michael Regan, Pittwater MP Rob Stokes, Mona Vale SLSC President Paula Tocquer and Mona Vale SLSC Life Member Alan Mason spoke to the assembled crowd. A full video of their speeches can be viewed below.

There to celebrate the occasion was one of the club’s longest-serving members, 77-year-old Chris Boss who joined in 1959, and one of its youngest members, 9-year-old Avigail Kedmi who joined as a six-year-old nipper in 2018. Together they had their handprints cast in plaster to be displayed in the new clubhouse (image below).

Minister Stokes, Ms Tocquer and Mayor Regan turned the first sod (main image) together to formally mark the commencement of construction.

Ray Brownlee

Ray Brownlee

Northern Beaches Council CEO Ray Brownlee said Council was excited to deliver the infrastructure for the community.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Mona Vale Surf Club to get a new club. Their members are fantastic, they are great for the community and Council are excited to be part of it,” said Mr Brownlee.

The building work is scheduled to be complete and handed back to Mona Vale SLSC by April 2022, at which point they are required to fund the fit out of the building. Club President Paula Tocquer informed the Northern Beaches Advocate that fundraising activities will be undertaken before then to assist with that task.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate