The Balmain Sailing Club is a friendly, inclusive sailing club with regular racing, cruising and a sailing school for children & adults. The emphasis is on fun and friendly competition in a beautiful waterfront location.
Pontoon Project 2014
Our new BSC Pontoon - what's it all about?
Why are we building a new pontoon?
The new pontoon will allow more boats to collect crew before races and tie up to enjoy the club after events. Competitors from other clubs will also be able to come ashore after races more easily. The new pontoon will offer accessibility and safety, especially for disabled people. The L-shaped configuration will create a sheltered ‘pond’ environment for safe and comfortable temporary mooring.
What about the costings?
The estimated cost submitted in the application for funding support was $300,000. The State Government is paying 50% of the costs of the pontoon, so we'll need to raise approximately $140,000. Several club members have made generous donations and we will use a range of activities including other grants, support from our sponsors and local businesses and identities. All donations help enormously and are greatly appreciated but there is no intention to force anyone to financially support the project.
What about access for disabled people?
Several of our club members are active in programs that take people with disabilities sailing on the harbour. This voluntary activity played a large part in the project being supported by funding organisations. The pontoon is especially designed to give disabled people access to the harbour. They will access the pontoon by using the existing lift in Hopetoun Quays.
Are contributions tax deductible?
Yes. The project is registered with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF). Donations to the foundation in support of the project (# 213085) are tax deductable. Donations must be made on the ASF’s donation form and returned to the club. The ASF is a Government body formed for the purpose of making donations to approved sporting projects tax deductible.
How long will it take to build?
It should take about nine months to complete after final approval.
As a club member how do I benefit from this?
Access to the club before and after races is significantly improved making membership more rewarding. By providing an easier way for yachting members to access the club from the water we hope to boost revenue from bar and food sales.
What about regular updates on the pontoon construction?
We will provide regular updates in the club and on this site.
Is this project draining money or resources from the club’s activities?
No, it is a stand-alone project that is structured so it doesn’t drain money or resources from other activities.
How to donate to the pontoon project
If you'd like to donate, know of people keen to donate or know of organisations who'd like to donate, please email us or click here to download your donation form and make a donation right now.
Post your completed form to:
Balmain Sailing Club Inc.
PO Box 653
Rozelle NSW 2039
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