Western Storage Shed Rebuild
At approximately 3am on 16th September 2018 we received an alert that the smoke alarm in the Western Shed had been triggered. On arrival the fire brigade, who had been alerted by a resident of Woolwich, was already in attendance and the Western Shed now on fire.
The fire had been started at the far end of Council’s Boat Lockers and with a strong westerly blowing didn’t take long to move along the boat lockers and into our shed which housed 46 of our Members’ racing skiffs. Once the heat and flames took to the fibreglass nothing could be done to save the shed or the boats and in fact only due to the quick and vigilant action of the brigade was our main Clubhouse saved.
Discussions then soon started with Lane Cove Council on a replacement storage shed. Following an extensive design process, a tender was issued in November 2020 by the Council. A contractor was appointed in February 2021 and commenced work in early April. Construction was completed on time in September 2021. Club members then undertook the creation of storage racking to accommodate double the number of boats than the previous shed.
The Western Boathouse and Storage Facility was officially opened on Saturday 30th October 2021.