The Taree Old Bar Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) clubhouse is destined to undergo the biggest makeover in its long history.
Club officials received $350,000 through the NSW government's surf club facility development program to kick start upgrades to facilities, amenities and general infrastructure.
Club president Jane Lynch said the funds will be put towards stage one of the project.
"It's what we call future proofing, there's going to be two additional storage bays, upgrades and removal of a lot of 'concrete cancer'," Jane said.
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead visited the clubhouse on Wednesday, July 22 to congratulate the committee on its successful application.
The funding announcement is the culmination of eight years of hard work.
"After we came out of administration, we've really put the work in and are ready to go. We've also had strong backing from the community," Jane said.
"The grant committee is a group of like-minded people- community members, life members and the junior activity committee. They came in and said 'this is what we see as the priorities for the club' and then we designed around that."
The Surf Life Saving Australia grant seeking unit helped the club with its funding application.
A recent engineers report revealed the clubhouse is structurally sound but some improvements need to be made.
With the booming population of Old Bar and surrounding towns, more community groups outside of the surf club are using the clubhouse. The surf club wouldn't have it any other way.
"This extension will let that happen and make people know that we're here and will be here for a long time," Jane said.
Lifesaving director Dean Donovan pointed out a rusted sign near a storage bay which reads 'members only'.
"The club still says members only but it's not how this club is run," Dean said. "That sign won't be put back on this building."
Future stages of the project will adhere to this community orientated vision.
The club's finance director Michael Cameron said the finished product will be "an amazing improvement".
But the procurement of funds isn't done yet.
"This grant is an amazing opportunity for us but it represents 75 per cent of what we need to spend," Michael said.
"We need to raise approximately $150,000 to really finish this project off properly."
Clubs officials have held several meetings to devise a fund raising strategy.
He suggested raffles and a social golf day at Club Taree will be a good starting point.