Money well spent

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Money well spent

At last: Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club patrollers are looking forward to their new clubrooms.

By Jane Ross
WITH a little help from the sidelines, Bass Coast mayor Cr Peter Paul, raised the pronged bucket of a bob cat yesterday afternoon and dug into the grass.
A white hard hat perched on his head as an unlikely accoutrement to his Bass Coast emblazoned jacket and tie, Cr Paul set in motion the construction of a new Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club.
Club president Philippe du Plessis, said the $1.4 million building would be finished by mid-December, in time for Inverloch’s busy summer period on the surf beach.
He was one of the happiest people at the historic event. His daughters Holly and Georgia are patrollers with the club.
David Schultz was grinning too; he’s a past club president.
It has taken nearly 12 years of planning, hoping and lobbying for a new hub to replace the rotting old shipping containers that have served as the clubrooms. The containers were dark, dank and far from vermin-proof.
The new rooms will be built alongside the brick toilet block on the foreshore where Goroke Street meets Surf Parade.
They will provide a first aid room, patrol room, equipment storage space, recreation and training area, kiosk, and kitchenette/servery, as well as accommodation and a quiet room.
The State Government has provided a grant of $500,000, Bass Coast Council added $200,000, the Inverloch and District Community Branch of the Bendigo Bank a further $100,000 which was matched by Life Saving Victoria.
The rest of the cost will be met by donations and a $175,000 loan taken out by the club.
Sponsor representatives Alan Gostelow, Kevin McMahon and Scott Hughes joined forces with David Schultz and club building manager Trevor Dando, to make sure the mayor had dug a decent sized hole, by adding their expertise with a silver spade.
David Beveridge of construction engineers Louziou Design of Cape Woolamai, coached Cr Paul in his bob cat duties.
The mayor said he was delighted to be presiding over such an important day for Inverloch.

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