Population and Club growth are two key contributors – as growth has occurred, the current building has proven to no longer be fit for purpose. In addition, it has deteriorated at a rate that makes it unworthy of repair. The Club has no choice but to build a new purpose-built, future-proofed building.
As you can see in the table below, Papamoa is the fastest growing suburb in the country and the current facility is limiting our ability to serve this growing community.
Why can’t you use existing club funds?
The Club operates as a not-for-profit with its core function being to fundraise sufficiently to provide first-class surf lifesaving services. All funds raised by the Club are used for operating expenses, rather than being set aside for capital expenditure. The Club has supported this project with an initial cash injection, plus it will tag certain fundraising initiatives as being specifically for this capital expenditure project.
What will happen to parking on the Domain?
As part of the resource consent conditions the road alignment and parking adjacent adjacent to the Club will be amended to improve safety and traffic flow. The grassy reserve area to the southwest of the building will be opened and used as an overflow parking area for the Surf Club and domain area use.
When do you anticipate the new building being open?
This is dependent on raising the remaining funds to meet our target of just over $5M. We are now at a critical phase where the current facility can no longer cope with the demands of our community. Our goal is to commence construction in April 2019 with completion of the build scheduled for December 2019.
Will other community groups be able to use the building?
The complex has been designed to be a Surf Lifesaving hub and mixed use community facility. The new facility will be designed so that it is attractive to, and supportive of, external user groups for hireage.
Who will own the building?
The building will be owned and operated by the Papamoa Community Surf Rescue Base Trust (PCSRBT). This is a specific trust set up to deliver, own and manage the new club. The club will be sub-leased to the Papamoa Surf Club. Any other users will use the facilities through lease / rental agreements with the PCSRBT)
Can we receive a tax credit for any donation made to your Trust?
Yes, we are a registered Charitable Trust and an approved donee organisation, so all donations made are eligible for a tax credit.