Brighton one step closer to rebuild dream

Thursday, 11 July 2013

The Brighton community is now one step closer to its dream of rebuilding the local Surf Life Saving Club.

The Brighton Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) has been granted $150,000 from the Lotteries Grants Board towards the Brighton SLSC 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 will help keep them on track to their goal of having the new surf club and multi-purpose facility built by the end of 2013.

"A lot of effort has gone into fundraising for this project and this latest contribution puts us so much closer to our end goal. We're not all go just yet, but we're not far off," he says.

Through a lot of hard work, the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club has already raised around $180,000 towards rebuilding a purpose built facility that will cater for a significant community need for the next 30 plus years.

The club has received a lot of support from the community and local businesses including their project partner GJ Gardner and the Dunedin City Council. They are also waiting to hear back on other potential funding sources which will put them even closer to their end goal.

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.

Click here to watch a video on the project (YouTube) or call Scott Weatherall on 0274 404 700.