It became official on Friday, May 29, as Emergency Services Minister Corey Wingard presented the Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club with $4.895 million for its development.
The much-anticipated Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club (PESLSC) redevelopment is moving forward, following a $330,000 boost in funding from Alexandrina Council.
The funding coincides with the fundraising efforts of the PESLSC ($750,000), which pushes the total to approximately $6 million for the project at Horseshoe Bay.
Mr Wingard said it was important redevelopment work which could now get underway at the PESLSC, including a complete rebuild of the clubhouse, a new restaurant and bar and warm showers for patrolling members.
"During a pretty tough time, it's great to be backing a worthy project that will help boost the local economy and create jobs," Mr Wingard said.
Life Governor of the PESLSC Bob Bruce has been a member of the club since 1955 and witnessed four building projects during his time.
"This is fantastic for the club and our community. This will attract more members and aid keeping the beaches safer," Mr Bruce said.
"The development will be a boost for the family culture at the club and will definitely sustain the club's future well into the future."
Surf Life Saving SA CEO Damien Marangon said it was an exciting project for life saving.
"The PESLSC and the precinct at Horseshoe Bay represents an important part of our strategy of looking after South Australians," Mr Marangon said.
"The rebuild means we can continue efforts to service the community and the south coast. We know what the PESLSC means to the local communities and how it is a high visitation place.
"SLSSA acknowledges the work of the PESLSC and its members to come together and make this project happen."
Alexandrina Council Mayor Keith Parkes said he was excited to see the project come to fruition.
"Surf life saving clubs are an integral part of Australian beach life. The work of SLSSA has kept families safe at our beaches for generations and makes the redevelopment of this club vital to our community," Mr Parkes said.
PESLSC president Peter Francis said the club was excited for work to begin on the project that has been in the pipeline for over a decade. It is expected work will start on the $6 million project on June 15.
"We are really proud of the fact that as a club, we are putting in over three quarters of a million dollars and that's a testament to the great fundraising, diligent budgeting and responsibility of our members," Mr Francis said.
"Our volunteer base has been absolutely fantastic."
Mr Francis acknowledged the partnerships with Alexandrina Council, SLSSA and the state government.
"The building will be a jewel in the crown of our town and will complement the majesty of Horseshoe Bay, positioned in one of the most beautiful locations in the state," Mr Francis said.
"It will be more than just a surf life saving club and it's likely the site will become a rescue hub for the Encounter Coast and we've planned ahead for this in the scale of the build."