Mona Vale SLSC's New Clubhouse Grand Opening
The official Grand Opening of the new Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Clubhouse took place on Saturday June 4th, 2022.
The impressive new building on Mona Vale's beachfront ticks all the boxes: sympathetic to the environment in its design, sustainable and accessible, providing a function space for the community, while meeting the operational needs of lifesavers.
Mayor Michael Regan said the beautiful new Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club exceeds all expectations.
“Lifesavers play such a vital role in keeping our community safe and it’s important that their facilities are top notch,” Mayor Regan said.
“This building meets all the practical requirements of surf life savers, but it is also flexible for a wide range of uses.
“This spectacular new building is an enduring legacy and something the whole community can be proud of.”
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club President Paula Tocquer was excited to open the doors of the new club building.
“The new club building is just amazing. The quality and the design is beautiful. So many locals have commented on how it fits into the surrounding landscape, and it looks fantastic from the water,” Ms Tocquer said.
“The surf club is a building not only to keep the community safe but also as a place to meet, enjoy and gather. I am sure the Mona Vale community is just as excited as I am.”
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club President Paula Tocquer at the official opening of the MVSLSC new clubhouse
President of Surf Life Saving NSW George Shales said the new facilities will help the club’s 1,200 members and lifeguards to keep the community safe.
“Congratulations to everyone involved in this project, it looks fantastic and will provide volunteer lifesavers with fit for purpose facilities to support their vital role in protecting the public,” Mr Shales said.
“The new club will be a hub for the local community and hopefully attract more people to get involved in surf life saving in the future.”
Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes announced in October 2018 the NSW Government has provided a further $2.5 million to assist with the upgrade of Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.
The funds were in addition to $1.4 million allocated to the project in 2017, bringing the NSW Government’s total contribution to $3.9 million.
The Hon. Rob Stokes said the new clubhouse is a vital upgrade to one of our most important community facilities.
“Mona Vale is one of Sydney’s most popular beaches during summer and its lifesavers perform an invaluable service.
“Surf clubs aren’t just places that accommodate surf rescue equipment and training facilities – they’re also key community hubs used by dozens of local groups and organisations.
“This project has been on the to-do-list for many years – so it’s great the NSW Government has partnered with Northern Beaches Council and the club to this vital project completed.” Mr Stokes said.
The Hon. Rob Stokes at the official opening of the MVSLSC new clubhouse
The $10 million project, which includes the new beach amenities block south of the main building, has facilities that are family-friendly and accessible. It caters not only for the surf club and its members, but also the local boardriders club, beachgoers and the whole community.
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Kiama Downs Ducks Into Top Spot At IRB Series Round 2 - Avalon Beach SLSC Honours Peter 'Digger' Akehurst - Newport SLSC Rises To 4th Spot
Kiama Downs SLSC has turned a string of strong showings on the water into enough points to reclaim first place from Caves Beach after Round 2 of the 2022 Sharkskin NSW IRB Premiership at Bulli.
As reported in our last Issue - Peter "Digger" Akehurst Tribute At IRB Competition On South Coasts' Sandon Beach - as part of this round members of the IRB community and Avalon Beach SLSC attendees have paid Tribute to Peter 'Digger' Akehurst.
Peter "Digger" Akehurst, Life Member of Avalon Beach SLSC, passed away peacefully on May 18th, 2022.
Pete was well known and well respected throughout the Australian Surf Lifesaving Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) community.
He competed in IRBs, and trained many IRB Drivers (including the undersigned) and crews for surf rescues and racing with skill, knowledge and good humour.
He organised and ran ABSLSCs premier annual Warren Mitchell IRB Carnival, which attracted competitors from all over Australia for many years because of Avalon Beach's - the Home of the IRB - reputation for always turning on a big surf for the event. He was also qualified as an examiner and carnival official.
Digger Akehurst was well known in IRB racing. Before racing commenced, the Avalon Beach SLSC's IRB "Digger", named in his honour, did a drive by tribute, in front of all clubs' competitors lined up on the sand. This was followed by a minute's silence.
A Celebration of Diggers' Life was held at Palm Beach RSL on Tuesday May 31st, 2022.
ABSLSC's IRB 'Digger' heads out. Images courtesy of Malcolm Trees and Alan Freeman
Avalon Beach SLSC's Somewhat Leaky Vessels team took out 1st place in the 45+ Yrs Mixed Teams Rescue, while their Too Quick to Thick team placed 2nd in the Rookie Surf Rescue.
Coming into the second round of the series with a 15-point lead earned in tricky conditions at Terrigal a fortnight ago, Caves Beach finished the round seven points behind their heavyweight South Coast opponents – mustering 98 points against Kiama Downs’ 118 for overall points totals of 224 and 231 respectively.
Rounding out the top three this weekend was Terrigal, who built on the points they gained in their home race to claim third on the overall standings as well – overtaking Newport who, after finishing third in round one, fell outside the top four this weekend with a fast-finishing Thirroul taking fourth place.
Thirroul did not compete in the first round, so their impressive tally at Bulli is only enough for an eighth place overall.
Newport SLSC is also going strong in this series, currently in 4th spot, just 10 points behind Terrigal. During Round 1 they had 18 teams make it to semi-finals. In Round 2 their Gold team placed 1st in the U23 Mixed Rescue Tube, 4th in the Open Male Rescue Tube, 6th in the Open Male Teams Rescue, 4th in the Open Female Teams Rescue, a 3rd for Newport's Joy Ride team in the U23 Mixed Surf Rescue, and 3rd in the 45+ Yrs Mixed Teams Rescue.
Queenscliff also put in a strong bid for points, placing 1st in with their Old Mate team in the 35+ Yrs Mixed Surf Rescue and gaining more points for a 5th placing for their Coffees team in the Open Male Teams Rescue.