A NEW $10 million modern Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club is to be built at Broadbeach within three years.
The 52-year-old club this week submitted a development application to the Gold Coast City Council for its plans, which include the demolition of the existing building.
A new clubhouse, expected to cost between $8 million and $10 million will be built on land just south of the existing club.
The new application is expected to go before the city planning committee by July and, if approved, construction could begin soon after.
The new building will be on council-owned land, while the existing club site, which sits on a state-leased parcel, will become parkland.
Kurrawa supporters club president Stewart Palmer said the application’s submission was “a long time coming”.
“This is the culmination of eight years of work and we have tried to iron out any problems going into the approvals process, so hopefully it will go smoothly from here,” he said.
“Originally we wanted to redevelop the current club facilities but we realised it would be spending good money after bad by trying to upkeep an older building.
“We are really happy with the design and it has been an evolving program but the size and outline has been agreed on with council because this site will be a major location for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
The club’s existing building was constructed in 1961 and has been redeveloped seven times.
According to application documents obtained by the Bulletin, the club’s new design has been created to be a “must-see” location which “reactivates a key part of Kurrawa Beach”.
Among the features of the significantly larger complex will be a sports bar, events lawn and underground storage rooms.
Following negotiations with the council the club will also pay around $400,000 for a new state-of-the-art public toilet to be built nearby.
Kurrawa-Pratten Parklands is set to become one of the major “live sites” for the 2018 Commonwealth Games where people will be able to watch events on large screens as well as live concerts and entertainment.
Area councillor Paul Taylor welcomed the submission and said the new facilities would be a “world-class venue”.
“It is great to see it is finally in because the committee has been trying for so long to make it happen,” he said.
“It is a big win for the community because the old club site will be demolished and converted to parkland and we will get a new public toilet out of it too.
“The important thing is we will have a new and modern building ready for the Commonwealth Games.”