May 19 - 25, 2024: Issue 626


Surf Club Facility Program 2024 Allocations are Great News for North Narrabeen, Mona Vale, south Curl Curl 

North Narrabeen SLSC, site for the WSL GWM Sydney Surf Pro. presented by Bonsoy, Thursday 9 May 2024 to Thursday 16 May 2024.

North Narrabeen SLSC lifesavers and surfers have good cause to smile after their club was awarded $632,343 towards extensions and upgrades. The club is among 32 across NSW to share in more than $5 million towards the upgrade, restoration or construction of facilities under the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facility Program. The projects awarded funding in the 2023/20-24 round were announced on Tuesday May 14.

Other local projects awarded funding under the program includes $68,480.00 for a solar pv, battery and waste water system and $70,145.45 for a storage and equipment room.

Details are:

Category 1 Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club Inc, Surfview Rd
Mona Vale: $68,480.00

For: Solar PV, battery and waste water system for financial/environmental sustainability Mona Vale SLSC is embarking on a transformative project to enhance sustainability and embrace environmentally friendly practices. Focussing on energy and water efficiency, the project aims to make significant strides towards becoming more sustainable. We do this through installation of PV solar, battery storage and waste water management system. To: Northern Beaches Council

Category 1 South Curl Curl SLSC, Carrington Pde
Curl Curl:  $70,145.45

For: Equipment & furniture storeroom Construction of a storeroom adjacent to the Club hall.   The hall is used year round for Club training/meetings/social, community events and hire for income.   Currently these is no storage within the hall. This means that training equipment and furniture must be kept downstairs, in a bathroom or even left outside. To: Northern Beaches Council

Category 3 North Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club Inc., 2 Malcolm St
Narrabeen: $632,343.00

For: Stage 1 Works - Building Extensions & Upgrades The North Narrabeen surf club was constructed in the late 1970's and the project to upgrade the facilities include and extension to the north to provide additional internal floor space, enclosure of part of the existing balcony, rainwater harvesting and stormwater drainage works to reduce the impacts to the dunes. To: Northern Beaches Council


In March 2023 Council made available for feedback a proposal for alterations and additions at North Narrabeen SLSC. The proposed upgrade works comprise a minor extension to provide a suitable meeting space for the NNBC and other building improvements that include alterations to:

  • improve accessibility
  • provide upgraded facilities - including an enclosed space on the first floor deck
  • fix waterproofing of the first-floor deck, and
  • provide a general upgrade to the building to improve community and member use of the space.

The proposed works are planned to be carried out in three (3) stages:

Stage 1 – Boardriders room, BBQ area renewal and associated landscaping works (GF) and slab extension (L1).

Stage 2 – Internal refurbishment with new ceiling, lighting, flooring (L1).

Stage 3 – Decking renewal and waterproofing works, new enclosed space, balustrades and cladding (L1).

The project aims to provide a new meeting room for the North Narrabeen Boardriders Club to meet their operational needs, address the failure of the waterproofing of the first floor slab and generally improve the facility for members and the community.

The total project cost including professional fees, authority fees and staff costs is estimated to be in the order of $2.85M.

Stage 1 - $780K

Stage 2 - $135K

Stage 3 - $1.95M

The works are proposed to be funded through Council Capital Works programs and grant applications.

The scope of works for each construction stage of the project is:

Stage 1 – Boardriders room extension (GF), deck slab extension (1F), north-eastern infill roof and access connection to internal space (1F), bbq space and paving (GF).

Stage 2 – New ceilings, lighting and associated works to internal seating space (1F), floor tiling to existing main stair.

Stage 3 – Rebuild deck slab topping and water proofing, new enclosed seating area and roof, new balustrades and external cladding (1F), new stair access to deck.

The boardriders room is approximately 35m2 and the slab extension to the north-east corner is approximately 70m2 in total.

Council stated then construction would be likely to commence:

  • Stage 1 is anticipated to commence in mid 2024.
  • Stages 2 and 3 will be undertaken in the following financial years.

Construction will be scheduled outside of peak periods including (summer, WSL events etc).

North Narrabeen concept drawing from 2023. Sketch: NBC - more available in 2023 report North Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club: Proposed Alterations and Extensions

The Surf Club Facility Program helps surf life saving clubs develop facilities that encourage increased participation and facility usage as well as improve community safety.

Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said:

“NSW Surf Life Saving Clubs deliver a world-class service, protecting swimmers in the water and keeping people safe at the beach.

“Rain, hail or shine, surf lifesavers never waver in their commitment to protecting the community and likewise, the NSW Government will not waver in its support of these incredible volunteers.

“That’s why we are providing $21 million over 4 years to ensure our surf life saving clubs have modern, inclusive and accessible facilities.”

Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib said:

“Our Surf Life Saving volunteers might have hung up their hats for this patrol season, but they were critical over the warmer months in keeping the beach-loving communities of NSW safe.”

“It is important that surf clubs are kept in good condition so that our dedicated volunteers have a safe and modern base to operate from, and I’m proud to be part of the government that invested a record amount in Surf Life Saving NSW in the budget announced last year.”

“The NSW Government has also invested in new and replacement jet skis, as well as Emergency Response Beacons up and down the coastline to help SLSNSW volunteers reach more areas to conduct life saving rescues.”

Surf Life Saving NSW President, Peter Agnew said:

“The volunteer patrol season has only just finished, with our more than 20,000 active surf lifesavers performing over 4600 rescues, 1 million preventative actions and almost 20,000 first aid treatments. It has been one of our busiest patrol seasons in years.

“The Surf Club Facility Program has always contributed greatly to the ongoing important community service our lifesavers deliver, through enhanced facilities to ensure our lifesavers are rescue ready, trained and equipped appropriately, and it’s excellent to see 32 clubs benefitting from the latest round of funding.

“Our surf clubs also act as key community hubs, promoting inclusivity and social cohesion, so this investment benefits all the community.

“We have 129 clubs across the state, with 78,000 members, and this program allows those members, who do such important work volunteering at our beaches, to focus on saving lives.”

More information on the Surf Club Facility Program, including the recipients in the 2023/24 Program, is available at: 

Mona Vale SLSC. Photo: Michael Mannington, OAM, Community Photography