New Clubhouse

In 2007 the Club produced a Strategic Overview (2007 - 2017). A key element of the Overview was to build a new Clubhouse. "To design, build and establish a state of the art club house with a modern office and the ability to extend and house associated groups including regional facilities. The club will be developed using the latest environmental and sustainable considerations and be a showcase for building development in coastal environments".


With this in mind, the Club formed a Building Committee which is a sub-committee of the Club's Executive Committee.

Members currently appointed to the Building Committee include :

Chris Harper (Chair), Bec McHenry, Andrew Pitney, Liam Petrie-Allbutt and Matt Vaughan.


In February 2017 the Clubhouse Fundraising Committee was reinvigorated and was renamed the New Clubhouse Capital Campaign Committee. Like the Building Committee, the New Clubhouse Capital Campaign Commitee is a sub-committee of the Club's Executive Committee.

Members appointed to the New Clubhouse Capital Campaign Committee include :

Kirsten McLeod (Chair), Paul Conroy, Narelle Curtis, Jeanine Froomes, Rachel Gourlay, Karin Heinz, John Hudson, Giles Hunt, Barb Hurley, Simon Martin, and Cathie Vicker-Willis.


How to donate:

We are now accepting donations direct to our Building Fund Account and to ensure that this is appropriately accounted for and recognised, please complete this form OR email the following information to :

1.  First name,

2.  Surname,

3.  Name that you would like the taxation receipt made out to,

4.  Postal address for the receipt,

5.  Phone number &

6.  email address.

Our Building Fund details:


Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club - Building Fund Account

BSB : 033-274

Account Number : 181 137


Online orders are open for our Special Hawiian Merchandise which is assiting with fundraising for the new Clubhouse project. : Order here


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Additional State Government Funding - May 2018.


 Extra 500K

On behalf of the members and supporters of the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club I would like to say a huge thank you for an additional $ 500 000 which was announced in the Victorian State Budget towards the new Clubhouse project.

This brings to a total of $ 2 million of State funding for this much needed infrastructure and I thank Lisa Neville MP for her long standing support of the Club and of this project. We would not be where we are without her unwavering support.

This $ 2M and our efforts to raise $ 1.75M (thus far) see what was a dream when we started 10 years ago getting closer to becoming a reality. We have been overwhelmed by the positive and generous support of the community and pledges of $1.5M (thus far) - an amazing effort and thank you to all who have made this possible.

We still have more work to do and are working hard to raise the last portion of funds with the hope that we can commence in February 2019.

I trust that we will also gain local government (and federal government financial support - funding application pending), just like current nearby projects at Ocean Grove SLSC, Jan Juc SLSC and Anglesea SLSC have all received.

Matthew Ponsford



New Clubhouse Update - November 2017.


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On the eve of our 70th Anniversary I am writing to you with some exciting news about our new Clubhouse and facilities.

Approvals granted:
The new Clubhouse design which was widely circulated to members and the Point Lonsdale / Queenscliff community - particularly over the 2016 / 2017 Season - was approved by Council in early 2017 without any formal objections to the design throughout the consultation process.
I am pleased to let you know that we now have all the approvals required so that in 2018 we can complete the tender documents, appoint a builder and commence construction at the end of January 2019.
We are in ongoing dialogue with our local parliamentary members who are very supportive of our plans and have provided positive indications as to a good level of funding. We have also been advised of the need to move swiftly to meet the constraints of the government budgeting process. This necessitates us finalising the planning phase now.

Fundraising commenced:
The New Clubhouse Capital Campaign Committee has been formed to drive the fundraising program to build our new Clubhouse and I am thrilled to announce that we have already had an overwhelming response to both the design of the building and the desire to support it financially.
The Committee has already received commitments totalling over $400,000 after a series of member fundraising parties over the past three weeks. This is a fantastic start and a reflection of the overwhelming support among our members and friends for the new clubhouse.

Following the 70th birthday celebrations, we will launch the public campaign with the aim to raise $2 million by March 2019. We are seeking major gift pledges from individuals, families and businesses who care about the Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff community and value of the essential surf lifesaving services we provide.
When you consider that the Executive Committee has already realised a critical part of the journey by securing the land from Council and a substantial Victorian Government grant of $1.5million we are well on our way to realizing our dream of a new Clubhouse.
I would like to acknowledge the members of the New Clubhouse Capital Campaign Committee for their work to date. Thank you: Natalie Cann, Paul Conroy, Narelle Curtis, Jeanine Froomes, Rachel Gourlay, John Hudson, Giles Hunt, Karin Heinz, Barb Hurley, Kirsten MacLeod (Chair), Simon Martin and Cathy Vickers-Willis.

On-site accommodation:
A small group of members have voiced their concern that the current plans do not provide for on-site accommodation and although the issue has been raised and dealt with at successive AGMs, they are determined to have their case heard. We recently met with some of these members and as a result, the Executive Committee have unanimously passed the following compromise:
The PLSLSC Executive Committee is of the opinion that it is reasonable to provide for flexibility in the planning and design of the building for a range of potential future requirements, including on-site accommodation.
The Executive Committee believes that inclusion of accommodation in the initial build is not feasible and this position is supported by the Borough of Queenscliffe. This does not preclude the inclusion of accommodation at a later stage should circumstances change or the membership so desire it.
To meet the future needs of PLSLSC the Clubhouse has been designed and will be built with a high degree of flexibility in terms of rooms and spaces. Such flexibility will be incorporated into the design and build to allow for future accommodation should circumstances permit it and the membership and executive committee desire accommodation within the Club.
The project brief given to the architect and other consultants will be amended so that it is clear that the building is to be designed and constructed to provide as much flexibility as possible to deal with future changes to the use of the building.
It is worth noting that we provide off-site accommodation for members at the YMCA Camp Wyuna. Cadet and Bronze camps have been successfully run out of this facility for a number of years.




Victorian Government pledges $ 1.5M towards the project.


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The Hon Lisa Neville MP, Minister for Police, Minister for Water and Member for Bellarine announced a $ 1.5M Victorian Government contribution to the new Clubhouse project as a part of the 2017 / 2018 Budget. 

The $1.5M funding announcement is the largest single financial contribution the Club has received from the Victorian Government in our 70 years of operation and provides a welcome "kick start" to our fundraising efforts.

This significant contribution from the Victorian Government will help to see our plans (which are set to receive planning approval from the Borough of Queenscliffe any day now) move much closer to becoming a reality.




18th March 2016 - a historic day for our Club





Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville today announced a transfer of additional land to the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club (PLSLSC). The land, formerly owned by the Borough of Queenscliffe and adjoining the current location of the club, enables PLSLSC to upgrade and expand their facilities.

The new land ensures ongoing surf lifesaving services provided by the PLSLSC continue for local residents and visitors alike, particularly over busy holiday periods. Point Lonsdale Back Beach is officially rated by Life Saving Victoria as one of the four most dangerous beaches in Victoria. The land handover was initiated by a joint taskforce chaired by Ms Neville and involved representatives from PLSLSC and the Borough of Queenscliffe Council which examined siting options and determined the most suitable location for the future PLSLSC clubhouse.

The community strongly supported this proposal including 176 written submissions received in support of the proposed transfer of Council owned land to the PLSLSC. The taskforce and Borough of Queenscliffe Council determined that the current site represented the most suitable location given the PLSLSC needs and taking into account strategic and statutory planning considerations.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville "The Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club has a long association with the area and is integral to the local community." "The transfer of land is a great achievement for the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club. Thank you to the members of the taskforce, the Borough of Queenscliffe Council and PLSLSC members for their tireless work."

Quotes attributable to Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Cr Helene Cameron "Council is delighted to play such a significant role in securing the future of the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club." "We simply couldn't enjoy our wonderful coastal lifestyle without the safe patrolling of beaches by the dedicated members and volunteers of the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club."

Quotes attributable to PLSLSC President, Matthew Ponsford "Thank you to everyone who has worked tirelessly to determine the best location for the future clubrooms and to Council for voting unanimously to transfer the land with the necessary conditions to safeguard its use." "I am proud to be part of such an important organisation and look forward to patrolling our coastline for many seasons to come."