Chelsea Yacht Club disability compliance upgrade works given the green light
27 August 2020
Chelsea Yacht Club is to be refurbished to ensure the community facility is accessible for all.
The renewal works, estimated at around $1.6 million, will provide new disability compliant facilities, an internal passenger lift and fit-for-purpose amenities.
Council has been working closely with the Chelsea Yacht Club on plans to renew and upgrade the building to promote accessibility for all.
The Chelsea Yacht Club was first established in 1938 with the existing clubhouse built in the late 1960s.
Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley said the clubhouse had served its members and the community for more than half a decade and while still in good condition needed an upgrade to enable the whole community to access the facility.
“This important investment will allow the club to broaden its membership and ensure all members of the community are able to make use of this popular recreation club for many years to come,” Cr Oxley said.
The upgrade works will include improved entry paving and internal entry ramp, a passenger lift through to first and second floor, refurbishment of existing amenities and the reconfiguration and renewal of the kitchen/bar area and storage and office spaces to support the provision of accessible facilities.
“This will be a modern, sustainable facility that meets Council’s commitment to ensure our buildings are accessible to all members of our community to help encourage inclusive participation in a range of social, recreational and educational activities,” said Cr Oxley.
Community consultation is now open on the plans and building works are expected to begin in mid-2021.
Council has also been investing in improving Kingston’s many other foreshore community facilities including the soon-to-be completed Parkdale Yacht Club and the redevelopment of a number of our Life Saving Clubs.
The state-of-the-art Edithvale Life Saving Club was officially opened earlier this year and future works include the redevelopment of the, Bonbeach and Mentone Life Saving Clubs. Council has also considered a range of designs for a proposed extension at the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club to meet the needs of its growing membership and the changing Carrum foreshore community precinct.