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February 1, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Life saving has entered the business world of conference furniture supplier Innova Group, with the pre-Christmas delivery of folding chairs, tables and stackers to the Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club’s striking new clubhouse on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

Fairhaven Thank YouThe new clubhouse was officially opened on Australia Day, the ceremony featuring a video of a 500-strong Nippers’ “Thank You” sign on the beach.

The Thank You extended to government authorities, Surf Coast Shire, the local community, appeal donors and project suppliers, like Innova which also made a donation to the building appeal.

The 160-piece order was managed by interior designer Robyn Marshall, a club member working on the club’s volunteer Building Works Committee.

Ms Marshall said Innova delivered at relatively short notice so the clubhouse was equipped for the peak December-January season.

The furniture is being used in the main upper level hall for Nipper and Bronze Medallion briefings, awards presentations, summer season evening meals and club social functions, including the official opening event.

“The furniture was given a solid workout in the hectic three weeks of the beach holiday season,” she said.

“During the summer it’s an active beach safety surf clubhouse but in the off season it will be used by local community organisations for their meetings and gatherings so the furniture will get work year-round,” she said.

The club sought appealing design, comfort, durability, storability, ease of handling and warranty support, she said. Innova was able to provide all of these features, plus the benefit of many years of experience and industry leading customer service.

Innova’s National Sales Manager, Jamie Glaister, said it was pleasing to add the safety and community club to its list of clients which come from the more traditional commercial MICE industry — resorts, conference centres, event venues and hotels.

“Especially pleasing is that while the building is seen as a showpiece for Life Saving Victoria’s ‘Clubhouse of the Future’ guidelines from an operational viewpoint, it is a stunningly smart structure close to the iconic Great Ocean Road so will attract a lot of attention,” he said.

“We’re in safe hands,” he said.

The new $4million building replaces a clubhouse built by volunteers in 1960. It had passed its used-by date in terms of its ability to support the club‘s core life saving responsibilities. When it was built, the club had 52 active members and 40 associates. This summer, 1500 members have enrolled which includes 500 Nippers, one of the largest Nipper groups in Victoria.

The building was a partnership project involving club members, local community groups, LSV, Department of Environment and Primary Industry, Great Ocean Road Coast Committee and Surf Coast Shire. It was funded by the Victorian Government ($1.8m), Surf Coast Shire ($240,000) and the club ($2million raised from a public appeal, club reserves and supplier donations).

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