About Portsea SLSC

Portsea Surf Life Saving Club has been protecting the swimming public at the challenging Mt Levy Beach, better known as Portsea Back Beach, for over 65 years. In addition to maintaining a safe patrolled beach for the protection of the local community and a growing number of beach visitors, Portsea SLSC also provides a range of surf awareness and junior development programs designed to educate our children about some of the dangers that exist in our aquatic environment and to nurture our future lifesavers such that they may continue our proud legacy or “No lives lost”.

The Need to Rebuild

Sitting in what is arguably one of the most unforgiving environments in Australia, our Clubhouse which serves as the centre of our lifesaving operations, is in serious need of attention. Portsea SLSC is therefore appealing for help to raise the funds necessary to rebuild the Clubhouse to ensure the ongoing provision of life saving services at our beach and development of future generations of life savers so that you might leave our beach safely at the end of each day and return home to your family and friends. The new clubhouse will become a vital piece of community infrastructure, providing additional lifesaving and member services, access to community groups, school camps, and other learning opportunities.

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Thank you in anticipation of your support.


Having raised around $7m of the $7.5m build cost (excludes the access road costs already expended), Portsea SLSC needs your help now to help raise the final $500,000 and bridge the funding gap.

For those who have contributed thank you.

To those who have not yet pledged your support to the Project, we really need you to contribute to close the gap NOW.

If you’d like to DONATE as either a Cornerstone Supporter or Community Supporter, please refer to the additional information in the sidebar to the right or email us at


The design of the new clubhouse has been a collaborative effort, involving three highly talented architectural design firms. Overall direction of the project has been undertaken by club members Jacinda and Jim Sadler of James W Sadler Architects Pty Ltd, who have worked on the project since its inception. They were then joined by award winning designers Carr Design Group, who were engaged to produce a façade concept for the Clubhouse exterior, and Bruce Henderson Architects, responsible for the interior design.

The end result of this collaboration is a fabulous looking building that will be the envy of clubs everywhere. And while some changes have been made during the tender and value management processes in an effort to reduce costs, the look and feel of the design is largely unchanged. A muted material selection comprising a rough form concrete structure with black butt timber framing and cladding blends effortlessly with the natural landscape of our National Park site. The interior draws on the exterior materials for inspiration, creating an open and functional layout with floor to ceiling windows to let in natural light, while showcasing one of the best outlooks in Victoria.


The builders engaged to bring the project to life were IB Projects, and we appointed Nash Management as our project managers.

Future Operations

The future operating model of the Club is currently being finalised, however the new building has been designed to provide greater opportunity for member and community use all year around. Most importantly, the clubhouse has been designed with the future operating requirements of a modern lifesaving club in mind, providing capacity to adapt to changes in lifesaving equipment and techniques and ensuring that our primary lifesaving services continue to operate at the levels expected at Portsea.

The development of the new clubhouse truly is a once-in-a-generation project and will provide outstanding facilities for the use and enjoyment of current and future members of the Portsea SLSC, as well as the broader Mornington Peninsula community. Most importantly, the development of the new clubhouse will support the delivery of our purpose, which is to protect all those who choose to enjoy the beautiful Portsea Back Beach.

A heartfelt thanks to the current Building Sub-Committee for not only the particular skills they have brought to the Project, but also their tremendous effort and collaboration to deliver the Project:

  • Ashley Murdoch (Chair / Construction)
  • Brett Croft (Finance)
  • Cameron Hunter (Governance)
  • Matthew Mahon (Comms / Govt Relations)
  • Andrew Regan (Legal)
  • Matt Perrott (Committee Observer)
  • Nick Tissot (Committee Observer)

As well as;

  • Jodie Madden (Procurement)
  • Nicholas Martin (Fundraising)

Thank you also to the countless others who have given their time and insights to the Project along the journey, either through previous iterations of the Building Sub-Committee or for specialist advice and assistance.

Rob Fildes OAM – Patron

Stuart Rayner – President

Matt Perrott – Club Captain