Sandon Point Surf Club reopens

Sandon Point Surf Club logoTHE Sandon Point Surf Life Saving Club will mark the reopening of the clubhouse with an event on Saturday.
The celebration will include the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery and a speech by Aboriginal elder Uncle Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy.
The building has been extensively refurbished and has improved storage areas, club activity rooms, amenities and a lifeguard observation room. The updated clubhouse will provide both the growing club and Wollongong City Council’s lifeguard service with greatly improved facilities.
“This is great news for the members of both Council’s lifeguard service and the Sandon Point Surf Life Saving Club,’’ Cr Bradbery said.
‘’This refurbishment has been a complex project as the works had to be stopped in June 2011 when a previously unrecorded Aboriginal midden was unearthed near the clubhouse. Council worked with the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage following the discovery and modified the project design to minimise any impact on the midden. I’d encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the newly refurbished building and its surrounds.’’

The final construction cost for this project was $3.7 million. The increased costs were due to the discovery of the midden, construction delays and ensuing design changes to ensure the preservation of this important site.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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