$17,500 IRB helps club out of a hole
By STEVE SPINKS
INFLATABLE rescue boats are the backbone of any surf club and they also help keep sharks away from beach users.
So you can understand why the Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Club and the beach users of Seven Mile Beach were over the moon when Reliance Petroleum donated a new IRB and motor.
At around $17,500, we're not talking chump change.
Reliance Petroleum, which distributes BP on the Northern Rivers, has had a long association with surf lifesaving in the area.
Area manager Michael Jackson knows Lennox Surf Club member Brian Dell and after a chat one day thought his company could help out for a new IRB.
"The life expectancy of an IRB is about four years," Dell said.
"We lost a motor off one of our boats during the All Girls surf competition earlier this year so they (Reliance) have helped us out of a big hole."
Dell said most beach rescues were made by IRBs because they were safer and could carry more people than a regular jet ski.
"They're the lifeblood of the club," he said.
"We not only have to look after the flags, but the whole beach so it's pretty important because the beach is some distance."
Meanwhile, the Far North Coast surf lifesaving team will contest the NSW Inter-Branch Championships at Umina on the Central Coast this weekend.
Eight members of the Lennox club are involved, while the team is managed by Lennox member Brian Lyndon.
In further news, a junior carnival will be held at Cabarita tomorrow after the event was postponed following bad weather last weekend.
Next weekend the Dolphin Camp will be held at Lennox Head.
The Dolphin Camp will see 10 of Australia's best surf lifesaving athletes, including Zane Holmes and Kristy Cameron, instructing Far North Coast youngsters on equipment supplied by Dolphin.