Hallett Cove Surf Club Building

The City of Marion wants to make better use of the Surf Life Saving building at Hallett Cove beach. A café has been installed in the building and an interpretive centre is proposed.

The Surf Life Saving building is located on the beautiful Marion Coastal Walk from Marino to Hallett Cove.

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Background

Hallett Cove has unique coastal and geological features. The unused Surf Life Saving Club building presents an opportunity to provide an interpretative centre to be developed in conjunction with a café for the community and visitors.

In 2003 the future use of the former Surf Life Saving building was considered as part of the overall Marion South Plan. The option to change the use of the building was advertised broadly within the community as part of the Marion South Plan consultation program.
The consultation for the Marion South Plan included a Telephone Survey Marion%20South%20Plan%20Telephone%20Survey%20Results (192 kb) of 500 households and the results found that 74% of respondents supported the redevelopment of the building as a café/interpretative centre.

Marion's Strategic Directions recognise the need to enhance the area by utilising partnering opportunities with both the private and public sectors to achieve these goals.

The development of a small business in this area is expected to provide positive economic flow-on effects. It will also provide improved public facilities and should assist with anti-social behaviour in this vicinity.

Key objectives

Facilitate the redevelopment of Surf Life Saving building to increase its use by the community with Café and interpretive elements.

Approach

The City of Marion called an Expression of Interest in October 2005 to gauge market interest in the development. A preferred respondent was appointed by Council to proceed with the development in March 2006. This private party has since developed a staged approach for the site.

The private sector will develop and operate the café and interpretive centre. Council will deliver the refurbishment of the adjacent public toilets.

Timeline

The opening of the café 'Surfers' marked the project's completion. The café has been operational since December 2007 and the public toilets since November 2007.