Williamstown Swimming & Life Saving Club
WSLSC Club Development Walk Through
The WS&LSC Board sincerely thanks Jodie Miners for her creation of this video supporting informed advocacy, on behalf of the proposed Club’s redevelopment and its future. As a valuable representative of the Club’s Development Advisory Committee, Jodie has provided her unique perspective and expertise gained as a construction professional and shares her initiative to our Membership, and Williamstown wider community.
We wish to acknowledge her time, effort and commitment that has been voluntarily given, to help provide greater context and clarity.
WSLSC Renovation Update # 5
Dear valued WS&LSC members, and the broader Hobsons Bay community,
Firstly, a massive thank you to the 250+ responders that have already submitted their feedback through the Redevelopment Survey, the 2023 Board of Directors greatly value these insights and look forward to reviewing the data!
Following feedback, we have listened, and have changed the method of how we are collecting the survey data to make it easier and more accessible for members and the public to access and complete the survey. The Redevelopment Survey can now be completed through SurveyMonkey. For those who have already completed the survey through the Google Forms method, there is no need to complete the survey again through SurveyMonkey.
The SurveyMonkey link can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wslscredevelopmentsurvey2023
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GOOGLE FORMS LINK WILL NO LONGER LEAD TO THE SURVEY, ALL RESPONSES MUST BE GIVEN THROUGH SURVEYMONKEY.
The questions and data collection methods are identical across the two platforms, and as such will be married together at the conclusion of the survey period. To ensure we have the most accurate data possible, please ensure that you only complete the survey once! The data from both surveys will be collated and released to members in the days after the survey closes.
The 2023 Board of Directors have also extended the survey period until 11:59pm 8th December 2023, to allow for as many responses from current and past members and the community to share their thoughts, concerns and feedback on the current concept plans, available here: https://participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/williamstown/wslsc
Below documents as requested at the 2nd November meeting (HBCC) WS&LSC Club Pool – Engineering Investigation Report 2017
You told us you wanted to be involved and contribute to the club in a meaningful way.
Are you interested in an active volunteer role in our new subcommittees??
Grants subcommittee – keep your ear to the ground to identify opportunities and / or support grant applications to benefit all facets of the Club.
Maintenance subcommittee – hands on or like to tinker? From buildings to equipment – your know-how can help keep the Club ticking over.
Social Events and Fundraising subcommittee – bring your inspiration and organisational skills to the table to run events that bring members together and celebrate the Club. Work with external organisations to raise funds to better the community and the Club.
Communications subcommittee – bring your comms skillset to the fore and drive/support the Club’s internal and external communications and messaging to benefit members and Club marketing.
In addition, the following volunteer roles are available. These are exciting opportunities. Shoot through your EOI and we will supply further information:
Send through your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20 October 2023.
WSLSC Renovation Update #3
In consultation with the WSLSC Development Advisory Committee, the WSLSC board has been working with Hobsons Bay City Council, the Victorian State Government via the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) and Life Saving Victoria (LSV) to develop concept plans for the future upgrade of the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club facility.
Following the State Government’s announcement of $11.3 million towards the redevelopment in 2021, Council has led a process to appoint appropriate architectural services to undertake the detailed feasibility, investigation and design work needed to properly cost and scope the project. Council has also committed $3 million towards the redevelopment.
The original conceptual plans developed to attract Government funding included options for a new swimming pool onsite. Unfortunately, due to the increase in costs of materials, construction and professional services required to deliver the redevelopment since the funding commitment, the option to include a new swimming pool as part of the redevelopment is not feasible within the available budget. With our unique heritage as a Swimming and Lifesaving club, this is disappointing to all. However, within the progressing redevelopment designs, a steam room has been incorporated for member use which includes our ever-growing open water swimming contingent.
In consultation with all project stakeholders, it is agreed to proceed with upgrades that can be delivered within the available project budget, and meet our key objectives to deliver the core lifesaving requirements the Club needs to serve the community for many years to come.
The concept plans were approved at a Council meeting on Tuesday 10 October 2023. The next step is to provide feedback over an eight-week public exhibition period, commencing on Saturday 14 October 2023. The plans are available via the October Council Meeting Agenda at this link.
The public exhibition period is being managed by Hobsons Bay on their online feedback portal Participate. The below Participate Hobsons Bay link will be live for eight weeks from Saturday 14 October to 10 December 2023 where members and community are encouraged to provide feedback.
If you would like to discuss the plans and provide your feedback in person, Council is hosting three drop-in sessions. Details below:
- 21 October 2023 from 10am to Noon on the Esplanade adjacent to Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club
- 12 November 2023 from 9am to 2pm at the Roberson Reserve Farmers Market
- 12 November 2023 from 9am to 11am on the Esplanade adjacent to Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club
Concurrently, Council also has concept plans for upgrades to open space areas along the Williamstown Foreshore Precinct and a Rifle Range Planting Plan on public exhibition for feedback. Links to these concept plans with opportunities for feedback can be found on the link below.
We encourage you all to view the concept plans for all three projects and provide your feedback as part of the public exhibition period which is open until Sunday 10 December 2023.
Interested in Becoming
Annual General Meeting
We’re not just about life saving
Apart from ensuring Williamstown beach is safe over summer, the club actively hosts a range of activities, with some of our major ones listed below:
Monthly social events
One of the core aspects of the club is it’s ability to bring people together in the community. As a club, we understand the importance of this, so we put on a social event each month, ranging from social drinks to group fitness activities.
The club has partnered with local fitness trainers to provide members with discount personal training classes hosted at the life saving club.
100 Years Old 😉
In 2020, Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club celebrates it’s 100th year.
Social swim groups
Williamstown beach is home to multiple open water swim groups, with many of the people involved being members of our club.