Project objective

We’re seeking feedback on Council’s intention to provide a new 21-year lease to Brighton Life Saving Club Inc. (BLSC) for the Dendy Beach Life Saving Pavilion at Dendy Street Beach for a commencement rent of $3,294+GST and to meet the requirements of S115 of the LGA 2020

Project impacts

This community engagement program will only consider feedback from the community on the lease for the Life Saving Club. It does not include the design nor construction of the new Life Saving Club. Find out more about the Dendy Street Beach Pavilion and Masterplan.

Social and community considerations

  • Life Saving activities are an essential emergency service for Bayside which has a significant coastline.
  • The site was an existing Life Saving Club, with the new building currently under construction
  • BLSC is a successful community club with a proud history of operations at Dendy Street Beach. The club is considered an excellent tenant and being financially astute has been able to make a significant capital contribution towards the construction of this new pavilion. The new life saving club accommodation will ensure that members can continue to train in appropriate spaces indoors, store vital equipment and to provide suitable multi-purpose accommodation to provide for social and broader community uses.
  • BLSC has committed to providing an online booking system to allow community groups to see when the multipurpose space is available for general community use.This includes publishing fees and charges for such use.The club is committed to maximising the utilisation under the proposed lease agreement.
  • The lease of these premises will not significantly impact the natural environment as it replaces an existing building.
  • The design of the pavilion building includes timber cladding to the upper storey which reflects the natural and beachy theme which was the preferred look identified through previous community engagement. This is to be situated further back from the beach than the existing pavilion increasing the lower forecourt plaza area.

Financial consideration

  • The lease is to a community group (BLSC) and annual rental is therefore low, however the community group tenant will provide $500,000 capital contribution, before taking occupation under the proposed lease.
  • As the pavilion has been purpose built as a Life Saving Club, if this particular lease proposal does not proceed, Council will negotiate a new proposal with BLSC for the use of the building.

What information do we need from the community?

We’re inviting feedback on the proposed decision to provide a new lease to Brighton Life Saving Club Inc (BLSC) for the use of Council property on the Dendy Street Beach Pavilion site for a period of 21 years.

The engagement is designed in accordance with Council’s Community and Stakeholder Engagement Policy 2021 and Section 115 of the Local Government Act 2020,

What can the community influence?
  • whether Council offers a new lease to BRLSC for a period of 21 years
  • any variation to the terms of the proposed lease.
What can’t the community influence?
  • Council’s Lease and Licence Policy 2018
  • The lease for the café that forms a separate part of the building, which is not included in this engagement
  • The building itself, which has been the subject of a separate community engagement process.

Stakeholders and community

This stakeholder assessment is a generalised understanding of sections of the community that have a connection to the project or matter. This information is used to understand the types of tools and techniques that will achieve the strongest and most effective outcomes for engagement and communication.

Impact: What level of change the stakeholder / community segment may experience as a result of the project / matter

Interest: What level of interest has been expressed or is anticipated

Influence: Reference to the IAP2 Spectrum

Stakeholder / community




Local Residents




Wider Bayside community who will be impacted by the lease income/loss of lease income




Other Life Saving Clubs




Current Members of the BLSC




Selected tools and techniques

The tools and techniques selected for this project are informed by the project content, stakeholders and type of feedback sought.

Key tools for communicating the project
  • site signage
  • letters distributed to neighbouring residents
  • news story on Council’s website and e-newsletter This Week in Bayside
  • social media
  • direct email to previous related project subscribers
  • newspaper advertisement in The Age

Key methods for gathering feedback

  • online consultation via Council’s Have Your Say platform, including opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback
  • contact details for interested community members to ask for further information or provide feedback
  • printed information available, as required.

Project timelines

Key Dates: For this phase

Item title

Start date

(& time if relevant)

End date

(& time if relevant)


(if required)

Community consultation

Wednesday 21 September 2022

Wednesday 12 October 2022

Consideration of community feedback

A Community Engagement Summary report will be prepared

Council considers feedback and decides on new lease

Tuesday 22 November 2022

Council is expected to consider the proposed lease and community feedback at its 22 November meeting.

Decision-making process

It is expected that Council will consider community feedback and the proposed lease of the Brighton Life Saving Club at its meeting on 22 November 2022.

The agenda for this meeting, including the community engagement report, will be published on the Wednesday before the Council meeting via Council's website. Project subscribers will be notified of the results of the engagement and the Council report at this time.

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All Council meetings are live-streamed via Council’s website. Interested members of the community can ask a question of this meeting or request to be heard.

More information

Damien Darcy

Property Coordinator

Ph: 9599 4496