A crowdfunding campaign will be launched this weekend at Coalcliff beach, as the tiny club struggles to refurbish their current clubhouse.
Coalcliff SLSC says the proximity to the Sea Cliff Bridge has resulted in an increase visitation over recent years, which, combined with age and weather, has seen the club’s building fall into disrepair.
The clubhouse was built in 1977 and extended in 1993. Today, the balcony and internal staircases have been identified as safety hazards, water is getting in to storage areas and the public toilets badly need work.
So the small team of volunteers, in addition to patrolling the beach to keep the community safe, is launching ‘Renew Coalcliff’ , to raise the necessary funds and community support to update the facility.
The club has had to extend their charter as they work to gain Council support for the upgrade.
“The club has been a cornerstone of the Coalcliff community for 40 years,” says SLSC president Leo Stevens. “Ultimately we need Wollongong City Council’s blessing to refurbish our facility and it has been made clear to us we are more likely to be successful if we highlight the wide array of positive contributions a refurbished surf club could make to the community.
“For example we would aim to include first aid rooms, a cafe, tourist information booth, improved public toilets and a function space that was amenable to a wide array of community events including yoga, movie screenings and public first aid training.”
The campaign will be launched at Coalcliff Beach on Sunday November 17 from 10am.
Surf Lifesaving NSW CEO Steve Pearce will be there, alongside SLS Illawarra president Peter Evert, local business leaders and councillors, as well as plenty of members and nippers.
The campaign will run until December 20, concluding with the Bombie gig at the Stanwell Park CWA Hall featuring Jim Mogini.