The story of the Williamstown Swimming andLifesaving Club (WSLSC) is a story about this community’s relationship with the water and this site for over century. Canvas have been working closely with WSLSC,Life Saving Victoria and Hobsons Bay City Council to celebrate this story in the redevelopment of this vital community asset. The redevelopment of the WSLSC and expansion of its Learn to Swim programs provides an opportunity for the club to welcome the participation of broader community groups and create an environment that embraces the diversity of its future members.
At the core of the WSLSC Redevelopment is the delivery of the clubs core function- life saving operations. The redevelopment delivers new club training and operations spaces to fulfil this core emergency services function at this site. In support of this, an indoor swimming pool will allow the club to expand its Learn to Swim program and social spaces will support the social and cultural outreach of this club to the broader community and potential future members.
The conceptual basis of the WSLSC redevelopment comprises a narrative in three parts: Celebrate the History of the WSLSC, Acknowledge the Story of the WSLSC site and, Embrace Future Members of the WSLSC. Each of the three parts provide a perspective of this project as defined by the club, council and stakeholders as objectives for the redevelopment, that when viewed as a whole, describe the vision of this project.