By Mark Heenan
The finishing touches have been put to the test at the new Ocean Grove Surf Beach Complex multi-million building redevelopment.
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club personnel had a building orientation and handover of its new headquarters at Surf Beach Road this month.
Club volunteer personnel including the OGSLSC building sub-committee were shown how to operate its new high technology base facilities.
“It is part of the handover process of the building – it is quite a complex building so we have bookings with most of the major trades to go through how the air conditioning works, the hydraulics systems, the mechanicals, security cameras all those sorts of things,” Ocean Grove SLSC president David Pavia told the Voice.
“(As) part of the handover process – the builder provides us manuals with this…but we also have an opportunity to have questions answered regarding the operations of the building.”
OGSLSC volunteers had a weekend ‘working bee’ on 1 and 2 June to move their stored belongings from its temporary base at Smithton Grove to the new state-of-the-art surf complex.
The re-developed Surf Beach Complex at Ocean Grove main beach is also one of the largest projects that Barwon Coast has undertaken in recent years.
MEANTIME Pavia said the club still required up to $300,000 to complete the full internal fit out and achieve its funding target of $600,000.
More than $300,000 had been raised through government grants and local sponsorships to help with the club’s fit out of its new building.
“There are some sponsorships that have come through – which is terrific the community is supporting us,” Pavia said.
“We have also had some gold donations from people who have donated $5000 or more to the club – so that is terrific as well.
“We are over half way there (in funding the fit out).”
Funding donations can be made via the Ocean Grove SLSC website at oceangroveslsc.asn.au/ or by contacting the office on 5255 1382.
IN other developments, the Ocean Grove Surf Beach Complex opening takes place on Sunday 7 July at 10.30am.