The Brighton community has taken another giant leap closer to its dream of rebuilding the local Surf Life Saving Club.
The Brighton Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) has been granted $80,000 from the Otago Community Trust towards the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club and Community Facility project, which is costing around $460,000 in total.
Project manager Scott Weatherall says they are extremely grateful for the funding which has come on top of a $150,000 grant from the Lotteries Grants Board earlier this month.
"We are overwhelmed by the amount of support from our local community and it just shows how much we all want, as well as need, this purpose built facility that will cater for a significant community need for the next 30 plus years, he says.
"On behalf of the club and the whole community, we thank the Otago Community Trust for this generous funding," he says.
The club has also received a lot of support from the community and local businesses including their project partner GJ Gardner and the Dunedin City Council. Along with various fundraising initiatives such as the club's 'buy a brick' programme, the club has now rounded up over $400,000 towards the project.
Mr Weatherall says this is not just a project for surf club members but for the close knit community of Brighton. "We see that this new club will become a significant asset to our community, a community facility that will be available to community groups to utilise," he says.
The club will be celebrating its 75th birthday over Labour weekend and then, all going to plan, the new surf club and multi-purpose community facility will be finished by the end of 2013.
"We're not all go just yet but we're not far off," he says.
Watch the YouTube video on the project or call Scott Weatherall on 0274 404 700.