Council pushes ahead with new designs for Edithvale Life Saving Club
28 November 2017
Kingston Council and the Edithvale Life Saving Club have developed new plans for the club’s headquarters in an effort to gain state government approval for this vital community facility.
Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said new plans had been developed after the Department of Land, Water & Planning refused permission for the initial designs.
“Council is keen to deliver a great new facility for the Edithvale Life Saving Club so we have come up with new designs to ensure this important project proceeds,” Cr Staikos said.
“Council had consulted the department throughout the process and had made a number of design changes, so we were incredibly disappointed when the project was not able to proceed. We are determined that the community will not miss out on this vital facility and Council will be submitting the new plans for approval so we can get on with the job.”
Edithvale Life Saving Club was founded in 1919 and occupies the oldest building on Port Philip Bay.
“The current building has served the community well but is ageing and needs replacing,” Cr Staikos said. “Every summer more than 20,000 visitors flock to Edithvale beach and it’s vital that the Life Saving Club has the facilities it needs to ensure the public’s safety in the water.”
The Victorian Government has committed $1.5 million to the project along with $1.95 million from Kingston Council. Kingston Council has invested significantly in successfully upgrading and replacing local Life Saving Clubs in recent years including the new Carrum Life Saving Club and the recently completed Mordialloc Life Saving Club.
Edithvale Life Saving Club President Dianne Montalto said the club was keen to see the project proceed.
“Edithvale Beach is a ‘blackspot’ for drownings and we had been looking forward to improved facilities to provide much-needed extra storage and training space,” Ms Montalto said. “We have a strong club that is growing in numbers and the new building would have helped us respond faster in emergency situations and continue our role as a leader in multicultural engagement.”
“We have trained some of the first life guards from multicultural backgrounds to help improve education and safety among communities that do not have a strong background or knowledge of water safety.”