Bay’s surf club is ‘crumbling’

Darren Hill says the Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club hads so little storage space it has to stack and suspend essential equipment like lifeboats from the roof. He is pictured with patroller Lucca Hill.

Apollo Bay surf lifesavers say their club facilities are “crumbling” and close to breaking point.

A club spokesperson said rusted pillars, unusable toilets and cramped storage were crippling the club’s ability to provide vital water services and train future generations of lifesavers.

“The situation is so bad that many of the girls and women in the club now prefer to get changed on the beach rather than use the clubhouse – it’s a sad indictment given they represent one of the fastest-growing membership segments,” President Darren Hill said.

“We have so little storage space that we’re having to stack and suspend essential water safety equipment from the roof and this is impinging on emergency response times.

“The club is also the only one I know of where you can’t see or monitor the beach from the clubhouse,” he said.

Mr Hill said he had serious concerns about the age of the building and the increased pressure of a major tourism influx at Apollo Bay and surrounding areas.

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