BIG OPENING: Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Sunshine Beach nipper, Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien and Sunshine Beach Surf Club's Warick Redwood at the official opening of the $5m surf club redevelopment. Photo: Caitlin Zerafa
BIG OPENING: Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Sunshine Beach nipper, Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien and Sunshine Beach Surf Club's Warick Redwood at the official opening of the $5m surf club redevelopment. Photo: Caitlin Zerafa

$5m club upgrade ‘challenging’ tradition

THE recently redeveloped Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club was officially opened today as politicians, community members and nippers alike marked the occasion.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Federal MP for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien put their differences aside to open the $5m upgrade.

FEDERAL FEUD: Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack forced a united front at the official opening of Sunshine Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. Photo: Caitlin Zerafa
FEDERAL FEUD: Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack forced a united front at the official opening of Sunshine Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. Photo: Caitlin Zerafa

The project was under construction for eight months and building committee chairman Warick Redwood said they were “over the moon” with the results and it looked like the community was too.

“In the first 21 days since opening over 30000 people have walked through our doors,” Mr Redwood said.

The edgy design takes full advantage of the million-dollar views but is nothing like your expected surf club.

Mr Redwood said the building needed top match the current world to take it into the future.

“From our first club, a tin shed on the dunes Sunshine Beach club has had many reincarnations,” he said.

“Our new surf club challenges many people’s opinions on what a surf club is supposed to be.”

“In the year 2020 we have made statement through our surf club building that understands in today’s world how business needs to be current and pushing boundaries in people’s expectation to stay relevant and prosperous so the funding and a supporting of our lifesaving efforts can continue for years to come.”

Half the bill was footed by the federal government’s Building Better Regions grant with the other $2.5m raised by the club.

Mr Redwood said it was wonderful to see their deign ideas come to life.

“Its been an absolute pleasure leading our club building committee on this journey over the past five years.”

“Our early ideas and design briefs to build a modern, funky venue respectful to its surrounding environment and its role in the Sunshine Beach community has been accomplished.”

Mr Redwood said this club will create a long-term sustainability in saving lives, maintaining current members and training future surf life savers.


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