The Peregian Beach Surf Club Inc has today unveiled a visionary plan and creative concepts for its Surf Lifesaving Clubhouse that would make it a first of its kind in Australia and be inclusive of all parties genuinely interested in being actively involved in saving life in the ocean.
The Peregian Beach Surf Club is planning to remodel the existing building (which is seen as an eyesore) as a centre for Ocean Ecology, Research and Education, as well as surf lifesaving operational services to address the sustainable objectives we all must take responsibility for to ensure we have a future.
President of the Peregian Beach Surf Club and highly acclaimed former Life Saver, Rob Neely, says the “21st century Surf Club model” will be ground-breaking, inclusive of the whole community and potentially a significant drawcard for tourists and marine researchers.
The locally-formed Peregian Beach Surf Club is pioneering a movement to regain, reuse, recycle & reinvigorate the under-utilized club house building that has been in caretaker mode since Noosa Surf Club took over the troubled operation in 2014.
Noosa Council has recently made it clear it is firmly opposed to the Noosa Club’s plans to replace the existing Peregian club building with a much larger, (poker-machine funded) building closer to the beach.
Instead, the local community-backed club has unveiled a 20-year strategic plan, championing understanding and respect of the ocean, linking the club with all levels of the Peregian community as well as Marine Conservation groups and high-profile humpback whale and turtle nesting researchers from UQ.
Mr Neely says Peregian Beach Surf Club has readily embraced local architect Sharyn Kerrigan’s vision of a small-scale Ocean-Life Saving Club that may one day be adopted by Surf Life Saving Clubs all around the country. Mr Neely says the staged redevelopment of the existing building will include the coast’s first dedicated whale watching platform in a surf club.
“It will become a living, breathing example of what should happen in a UNESCO biosphere.
It will become known as a centre for marine ecology and environmental research, and and it will bring the community closer to understanding and appreciating its precious surroundings.”
Mr Neely says the new club will be happy to continue working with the Noosa Heads club if they wish to continue their provision of lifesaving services in Peregian.
He says, ‘following the recent Community Meeting we are rapidly pulling together the support of businesses and individuals who agree it’s time for Peregian to be handed back its surf club.”
Mr Neely says the group is currently in advanced talks with several conservation and research bodies that are looking to take up space in the building and will be making more announcements on the revival of the surf club soon and holding a Community Consultation Meeting on Saturday June 23 at the Peregian Beach Community House.