Renovations to South Golden Beach centre completed
THE South Golden Beach Community Centre upgrade has been completed and the seaside building has been transformed.
The $444,000 (exc gst) renovation project has seen the well-loved community centre internally stripped and fitted out with new foyer, kitchen, upstairs office and bathrooms with increased floor space.
New decks and external cladding
On the outside, the makeover included new decks with roofs on the east and north sides and external cladding.
Originally built back in 1992, the upgrade has been eagerly awaited by the community centre management committee.
Council's director of corporate management and community services Mark Arnold thanked the Community Centre committee for their continued ongoing support.
Dedicated community group
"The upgrade project is the result of the energy of a dedicated community group. From a needs analysis, design input, ensuring available funding and right down to the finishes and colour scheme, the local community group have been supportive throughout the upgrade.
"It's been a rewarding project and one that we are sure will be valued by the community for many years to come," he said.
Mayor Simon Richardson thanked the committee and recognised that the South Golden Beach Community Centre was a well-established place to gather, learn and celebrate.
"Under the leadership of Angela Dunlop, the group has been committed to gaining Council support and funding for this project, and see the work through to completion.
"The South Golden Beach community are very fortunate that they have a proactive community centre committee. It's one of our key volunteer groups and we are grateful for their ongoing enthusiasm," he said.
Finally reached finish line
Committee president Angela Dunlop said that the project has been a long journey and it was extremely gratifying to finally reach the finish line. She said the upgrade has given the hall a much needed new lease on life.
"Sitting next to the beachfront, the weather and salt air had meant that the building was due for a bit more than TLC. The renovations and additions will ensure that there will be many more community events held in coming years.
"It has a diverse range of uses including yoga, drumming and Bollywood classes, meditation groups, U3A table tennis for women through to weddings and family gatherings.
"We are also seeking passionate members of our community to come on board our management committee."
At only $15 per hour for regular classes, the centre is very affordable. More information on the South Golden Beach Community Centre can be found at www.sgbhall.com.