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Dendy Beach Pavilion and Masterplan

The new $6 million Dendy Beach Life Saving Pavilion is the centrepiece of an $8 million upgrade to this iconic precinct that will make it a safer, more easily accessible and nicer place to be.


The building features storage facilities and a multi-purpose training space for the Brighton Life Saving Club, new accessible public toilets, and a cafe with level access from the car park.

The design of the building includes timber cladding to the upper storey which reflects the natural and beachy theme which was the preferred look identified through community consultation.

We are upgrading the facility because although the existing structure has served the community well over time, it is now in poor condition and doesn’t meet the needs of the Brighton Life Saving Club's 650+ members and volunteers.

Identified by Life Saving Victoria as one of the highest priority facilities for replacement, we have been working with the club and the broader community to ensure that the new building meets future needs and has minimal impact on the local environment.

The $8 million Dendy Street Beach development includes:

  • $3.8 million for the pavilion including public toilets
  • $1.3 million to redirect stormwater and improve stormwater quality
  • $0.9 million to improve the car park and access paths and
  • $0.8 million on the lower and upper forecourt.

Project progress 

We’re still working hard behind the scenes to deliver wonderful new facilities at Dendy Street Beach for our life savers and the community in the not too distant future.

Council is awaiting the outcome of an appeal to the Supreme Court of the 2019 VCAT decision. The appeal is scheduled to be heard in November this year.

While we wait for the legal process to take its course, work is continuing on detailed designs for the new life-saving pavilion and associated landscaping and upgrade to the unsightly storm water drain currently in front of the old pavilion.

We are also continuing to work with the EPA to resolve soil contamination discovered during site assessments for the pavilion project.

Our work in the background means that should the Supreme Court dismiss the appeal, we can commence the construction process.

Update 4 September 2020 

Long awaited works to upgrade life-saving and visitor facilities at the iconic beach are moving forward with the opening of an Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

The EOI process seeks to identify suitably qualified construction organisations to complete works at the beach.

The expression of interest is open until 30 September 2020.

This is the first stage in the process and does not commit Council contractually to any future building works.

Council will shortlist the expressions of interest but not progress further pending the outcome of legal proceedings commenced by objectors to the project.

Clean up notice

Council is continuing to work with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to resolve soil contamination discovered during site assessments for the pavilion project.  Council has complied with all obligations under a Clean Up Notice issued in June 2018.

The EPA has issued follow up Clean Up Notices – one for the pavilion redevelopment site, the other for a broader section of the foreshore and beach.

Council will continue to work with the EPA to develop a management plan for the pavilion site to address any necessary soil contamination management.

The Clean Up Notice for the broader foreshore and beach area requires Council to conduct an assessment to determine what, if any, action is required and provide a report to the EPA.

Find out more about the project

Learn more about the community engagement on this project

Download a copy of the masterplan (PDF, 11.62MB)

View a copy of the plans:

Dendy Beach architectural drawings 1 of 4 (PDF, 6.05MB)

Dendy Beach architectural drawings 2 of 4 (PDF, 5.54MB)

Dendy Beach architectural drawings 3 of 4 (PDF, 5.54MB)

Dendy Beach architectural drawings 4 of 4 (PDF, 6.75MB)