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Dendy Street Beach Pavilion and Masterplan

The new Dendy Street Beach Life Saving Pavilion is the centrepiece of a $13 million upgrade to improve the visitor experience of this iconic precinct.


The new Dendy Beach Life Saving Pavilion is the centrepiece of a $13 million upgrade to improve the visitor experience of this iconic precinct. The redevelopment includes:

  • A new pavilion including public toilets, facilities for Brighton Life-Saving Club including a life-savers’ beach observation area and multi-purpose training space and a small cafe with level access from the car park
  • Addressing unsightly storm water outfall
  • Improve the car park, shared trail and beach access pathways.
  • New lower and upper forecourt.

The design of the pavilion building includes timber cladding to the upper storey which reflects the natural and beachy theme which was the preferred look identified through community consultation. This is to be situated further back from the beach than the existing pavilion increasing the lower forecourt plaza area.

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 who provide important lifesaving service to the local community and visitors to the iconic beach.

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 of the community and has minimal impact on the local environment.

Project progress 

We are full steam ahead on moves to begin the construction of the new life-saving pavilion at Dendy Street Beach.

Council is currently planning the implementation of the Dendy Street Beach Masterplan including the construction of the new pavilion. This includes identifying suitable temporary facilities for the Brighton Life-Saving Club and tendering for qualified contractors to construct the pavilion.

We are also continuing to work with the EPA to meet the requirements of Clean Up Notices for the precinct from Green Point to Middle Brighton Baths.

Clean up notice

The EPA issued two clean up notices– one for the pavilion redevelopment site, the other for a broader section of the foreshore.

The EPA Clean Up Notices follow the discovery of contaminated soil during site assessments for the pavilion project.

Council is working with the EPA to manage contamination during the construction of the pavilion and associated works.

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

Organised activities that may involve disturbing soil in the broader Dendy Street Beach foreshore area are currently restricted as a precautionary measure.

Soil and groundwater testing

Council’s contractors will undertake soil and groundwater testing along the foreshore from June – September 2021. 

The groundwater testing will require several monitoring wells to be installed below ground level to intercept groundwater. These wells will be in place for a minimum of four months and will be fenced to prevent public access during the investigation process.

The testing will be undertaken by a qualified environmental scientist in response to EPA Clean Up Notice requirements. 

Coastal erosion works 

Council is currently assessing a number of options to address the impact of coastal erosion to the bathing boxes and vegetation at Dendy Street Beach.

You might have noticed that we recently installed sandbags at the footing of bathing boxes 82, 83, 84, 85 and 87 to prevent further damage caused by waves and wind.  This solution is only temporary, and we are continuing to investigate longer term solutions that can be implemented at this location.

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Learn more about the community engagement on this project and 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)