A plan to upgrade training facilities for lifesavers three years ago has turned into a $2 million upstairs-downstairs upgrade for the Coolum Surf Club.
The upgrade will see much better training and gym facilities for active members, a large new upstairs deck for social club members and a new function room
Vice-president Peter Hopley said the club had needed more room to cater for the increased training requirements of today’s lifesavers.
Mr Hopley said active members would enjoy a bigger common room and a gym three times the size of the “old pokey one in the corner”.
The gym will use training equipment from the Hyatt Regency Coolum. The equipment was donated by the resort when it upgraded its own gym last year.
The active members area will be extended three metres to the east, allowing for a similar extension upstairs.
Mr Hopley said improvements upstairs included a covered deck running about a third of the way along the ocean side of the club.
“It won’t be deck all the way along because it just doesn’t suit our club rooms because we’re facing east and we get a lot of south-easterlies coming in,” he said.
The enclosed bar area and restaurant will also be extended eastwards.
The smoking area, which previously had the best ocean views, will be moved to the north-east corner of the club.
The new function room in the south-east corner of the club will cater for parties of 60 or more.
The project will cost $1.6 million but with a new roof will be closer to $2 million.
Work has already begun and is expected to be completed around October.
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