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New $500,000 surf life saving club rooms for busy Yanchep beach

The City of Wanneroo’s busiest beach will receive a new $500,000 building to be used by the Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club.

Yanchep Beach Lagoon attracts an average of 130 visitors per hour during peak beach-going periods and up to 700 visitors per hour during the Christmas period, according to Surf Life Saving Western Australia.

The new facility, funded by a Lotterywest grant, will include a first aid room, beach patrol office, club and training rooms, a member gymnasium and public changerooms.

Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club president John Heesters said the new building was much needed because the club was working out of a rundown shed with little storage space and first aid equipment.

“The new facility will enable us to store our equipment and first aid kits in a safe way and better assist the community” he said.

The club will benefit visitors and tourists as well as the residents of the Yanchep and Two Rocks area with the current population of 10,000 expected to quadruple in the next 20 years.

Premier Colin Barnett said the grant was a case of organisations working together to produce positive outcomes for their local community.

“The City of Wanneroo recognised that Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club was a small volunteer program providing a vital community service,” he said.

“They have worked closely with the club throughout the project to ensure the design of the facility meets their needs and allows for use by other community groups.”

Construction of the new building will begin in January 2016 and is expected to be completed by the end of that year.