Development application approved and grant funding announced for Bronte Surf Life Saving Club

14 May 2024 | Media Release

Waverley Council is delighted to announce that the revised development application (DA) for Bronte Surf Life Saving Club and Community Facilities [DA-455/2022] has been approved by the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel.

An artist's impression of the new and improved Bronte Surf Life Saving Club and community facilities.

Mayor Paula Masselos said the Council looks forward to working in partnership with Bronte Surf Life Saving Club and architects Warren and Mahoney to see the new building and facilities come to life. The Council also congratulates Bronte SLSC for securing $1 million in grant funding for the redevelopment from the NSW Government.

“The redevelopment will see the existing, dilapidated building demolished to make way for a new, sustainable hub meeting the needs of Waverley Council park operations, contemporary surf lifesaving and for use as a community meeting space for our Waverley community,” Mayor Masselos said.

"The landmark building will provide better lifeguard facilities, add green space to Bronte Park via the communal rooftop, open up new view corridors, improve workplace health and safety requirements and will ensure the service the Club provides to the community will continue into the future.”

Bronte Surf Life Saving Club President, Basil Scaffidi thanked the community and its members for their support throughout the project.

“Bronte Surf Life Saving Club trains and maintains more than 400 active volunteer lifesavers on patrol, educates around 800 Nippers each season and is one of the oldest surf clubs in NSW. This new building will help us continue this service into the future,"  Mr Scaffidi said.

Highlights of the project include:

  • A balance of female to male facilities
  • family change rooms and accessible amenities
  • adequate facilities to train over 200 lifesavers per year and teach young nippers (currently almost 800)
  • fit-for-purpose lifeguard and lifesaving facilities including adequate storage and training spaces
  • lifeguard facilities with change rooms, first aid, and lifeguard tower (to align with Surf Lifesaving Australia requirements and recommendations).
  • Council staff amenities and storage
  • patrol first aid area
  • administrative offices
  • kiosk, gymnasium and function room
  • training and meeting rooms and;
  • The promenade will also be upgraded.

Visit our Have Your Say project page for more details and background information on the community consultation process and funding.

This project received funding from the Australian Government and the NSW Government.

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