The new Broome Surf Life Saving Club is set to open to the public, with the main construction work of the $5.5m project complete. The club, due open to the public by late July, features a range of new facilities including new and increased storage areas, an education and function room, a new gym, bar and public toilets and showers. Broome Surf Life Saving Club Building director Rob Aristei said he was excited to see the building near completion after working on the project for the better part of a decade. “In 2016 we started to get the project off the ground as the old building had reached the end of its life,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is make the club fully sustainable so it will be a lot easier for us to replace equipment, attract more members and even expand our patrolling time.” Broome Surf Life Saving Club manager Lauren Henderson said the new building would allow the club to better service the community. “The new facilities basically enhance our our ability to achieve our core mission, which is to keep the community safe,” she said. “It also enables us to purchase more equipment and have better training in our training rooms.” Ms Henderson said the new club was already attracting more members. “We’ve got the highest number of nippers enrolments this year than we’ve had since pre-COVID,” she said. “There’s close to 200 new enrolments and I think the excitement around the new club is part of the reason for that. “The new building doesn’t just benefit our club, but benefits the whole community as well.” Praising the sponsors, Mr Aristei said the build wouldn’t have been possible without them. “I’d like to thank Surf Life Saving WA and all of the sponsors for their ongoing support, we couldn’t have done it without you,” he said. Grants for the project were provided by Lotterywest, Horizon Power, the Kimberley Development Commission through the Kimberley Regional Grant Scheme and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund. Major Sponsors for the project include Totally Workwear, Cleanaway, Lion, Broome Plumbing and Gas and Galvins Plumbing Supplies. Major contractors involved in the project include CWD Builders, Laird Tran Studios and the Shire of Broome. Additional funding for the project was supplied by the Shire of Broome and the Broome Surf Life Saving Club. Information on Broome Surf Life Saving Club memberships is available on the club’s website.