New cafe in Cronulla RSL Club's $700,000 building project

Patrons enjoy the Sun Deck at Cronulla RSL Memorial Club. Picture: John Veage

Patrons enjoy the Sun Deck at Cronulla RSL Memorial Club. Picture: John Veage

Cronulla RSL Memorial Club is preparing to splash out more than $700,000 on new alterations and additions, including a new cafe.

A development application for the project with an estimated construction cost of $709,500 was lodged with Sutherland Shire Council on Wednesday.

Details of the plans have not yet been placed on the council’s website.

The club is still awaiting approval to construct a fixed canopy (in yellow) on the Sun Deck in conjunction with an increase in seating capacity to 200. Picture: DA

The club is still awaiting approval to construct a fixed canopy (in yellow) on the Sun Deck in conjunction with an increase in seating capacity to 200. Picture: DA

The club is still awaiting approval of an earlier development application (DA) to construct a fixed canopy over the north-facing deck in conjunction with an increase in the seating capacity from 60 to 200.

The DA, which was lodged in May, proposed construction of a metal framed canopy to cover most of the seating area on what is now called the Sun Deck.

“The canopy will be given acoustic treatment to mitigate noise,” the DA said.

“Acoustic baffles will be fixed to the underside of the canopy around the smokers’ area at the western end, and where the existing glass balustrade will be raised to a height of 2100mm. 

“The existing glass balustrade will continue to enclose the remainder of the terrace at its current height. 

“The seating arrangements will be changed to allow 200 patrons to sit on the terrace deck.”

Chief executive Sue McNeill said in June the club had been working with the council after withdrawing a 2016 DA for increased seating and a retractable awning.

“It’s important to get it right because we have a lot of neighbours,” she said.

“We are not going to have 200 people out there all the time, but if you wanted to have a function like a stand-up cocktail party, we need to be sure the sound doesn’t leak out.

“It will also be a benefit in extreme heat and other weather.

”When it’s raining or too hot, we can’t use the space.”

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