Making Black Rock beach safer

Life Saving Victoria (LSV) has identified the Black Rock Life Saving Club* as a priority club requiring redevelopment to ensure the club remains fit-for-purpose and to meet modern demands of changing demographics, coastal population growth and increased beach visitation.

The existing pavilion does not meet the standards of the LSV's ‘Clubhouse of the Future’ regarding changeroom dimension, accessibility, storage for life saving equipment and provision of a viewing area to appropriately patrol the beach.

The proposed renewal of this pavilion will provide access for all ages and abilities, gender neutral changerooms, two accessible parking spaces, and a dedicated first aid room. The proposal will provide better configuration of spaces for Club activities.

The footprint of the proposed pavilion will only increase slightly, predominantly on the lower level to accommodate storage of rescue equipment and provide changeroom facilities. The height of the proposed pavilion will match the existing roofline with the exterior of the pavilion complimenting its coastal location. No vegetation removal is required to deliver this project.

Construction of the renewed pavilion is scheduled to commence in late 2021.

While Life Saving facilities are not generally funded by Council, the opportunity to develop a modern facility to service the community, with assistance of the State Government was an opportunity that Council believed needed to be embraced.

The Victorian State Government is contributing $2 million towards the renewed pavilion. The Club is working to contribute additional funding for the fit-out of the building.

Important project information

The proposed new design of the pavilion does not include public toilets or change facilities.

This decision has been made to prevent impact to the pedestrian path at the front of the pavilion and to minimise the footprint of the building, protection the precious sand dunes and coastal vegetation.

A separate public toilet will be constructed as part of the Black Rock Foreshore Masterplan on the esplanade to service both playground and foreshore users. The public toilet is scheduled to be delivered in early-mid 2021. Read more about the new Black Rock Foreshore Public Toilet here.


* Please note there are two Life Saving Clubs that patrol two separate beaches in Black Rock. There are no immediate plans to update the Half Moon Bay Surf Lifesaving Club pavilion or do any work to the fish and chip shop or restaurant. This redevelopment is for the Black Rock Life Saving Club pavilion which is situated near the Black Rock shopping village and clocktower.


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