Thank you to everyone who participated in our community engagement on the proposed lease to Black Rock Life Saving Club Inc. (BRLSC) for the occupation of the new Black Rock Life Saving Pavilion.

Between 25 November – 16 December 2022, we heard from 40 community members via online survey and email about their views on this proposed lease.

Support and concerns:

Community feedback showed respondents were supportive of a lease being granted to Black Rock Life Saving Club.

Common reasons for support included the club providing an essential/emergency service to the community, and general support for BRLSC was also prevalent in responses.

There was also mixed sentiment regarding specific elements of the proposed lease. Common concerns included the rental amount being too high, length of the lease being too short, and that life saving clubs should be considered as not-for-profit (Group 2) and recognised for the emergency volunteer services they provide.

What we’re doing:

Council officers are recommending that the lease proceed on the basis that:

  • the findings of the Community Engagement were positive
  • the commencing rent was agreed by the BRLSC and is consistent with Council’s Lease and Licence Policy 2018 at $3184 plus GST, with the Annual Rent comprising a $403 plus GST community rental, set in accordance with Council’s current Schedule of Fees and Charges; and a maintenance contribution of $2,781 plus GST.

Community engagement summary report

Next steps:

Council will consider a report on community feedback and a Heads of Agreement Lease for Black Rock Life Saving Club Inc. for the occupation of the new Black Rock Life Saving Pavilion at its February meeting.

Council meeting 6:30pm, 21 February