The proposed Baylys Beach Community Centre and lifesaving base is one step closer to reality with resource consent now open for public consultation.
The Baylys Beach Community Trust bought a section for the centre on the corner of Seaview Road and Bayly Street funded by a generous and anonymous donation to the local community in 2016.
Since then, there have been a number of challenges around getting building consent, which is why it has taken two years to get to this stage, says trust chair, Graeme Ramsey.
“This facility will mean Baylys Beach can have a surf life saving club in its own right. It will encourage a club at Baylys Beach and also provide accommodation for the lifeguards who come from other areas to patrol over summer. “It has always been a struggle to get them out here.
We are hoping people in the community will submit positively. Based on the submissions made the trust will decide whether to proceed or not with the building.”
Kaipara District Council spokesperson, Ben Hope, says there has been a lot of back and forth between the building team and the community about the project.
“There were requests for further information to comply with building code, around Northland Regional Council guidelines for flooding, and our building team met with a few members to discuss the ins and outs of those NRC guidelines.
“This [building] application came in through our online portal on November 7, 2017, and was issued on April 19, 2018.”
The centre will include garaging facilities for surf life saving equipment, a first aid room and a self-contained apartment.
The Baylys Beach Community Trust is made up of Graeme Ramsey as chair, Amanda Matich as secretary, Dr Michael Hogan, Grant Suckling and Paula Powell.