Mark Greig, manager of the Lismore PCYC, at the newly-reopened facility.
Mark Greig, manager of the Lismore PCYC, at the newly-reopened facility.

Lismore youth club's $50,000 hailstorm bill

By HELEN JACK LISMORE’S PCYC has reopened for business after last year’s devastating hailstorm destroyed the club’s roof.

The hailstorm last October exposed asbestos in the roof and forced club manager Mark Greig to stop all activity at the PCYC until the roof was replaced and all traces of asbestos were removed.

“The old asbestos roof has been removed and a new Colorbond roof installed,” Mr Greig said.

He said the entire premises had now been vacuumed, and occupational hygienist John Dellar had tested for asbestos residue in the club and given it the all-clear.

“It’s now been three months and we are anxious to let everyone out there know the club has started a new schedule of activities,” Mr Greig said.

The total cost of damage to the club by the hailstorms was $250,000. “Our insurance covered that, but there is an excess charge of $25,000 and also the loss of income during the time we were closed,” Mr Greig said. “That means we have to find $50,000.”

So to make up the shortfall, the PCYC will be hosting a Gala Charity Concert on Sunday, February 24, at the Lismore Workers Club Auditorium.

Starting at 2pm, the concert will feature the Northern Rivers Big Band, which has reformed especially for the occasion, with special appearances by Les Wilson and Roger Munsie.

Also appearing are the Alstonville Concert Band, the Lismore City Pipe Band and vocalist Dean Doyle. Compere for the evening will be Richard Mackney.

Tickets are available from the Lismore Workers Club for $10, or children and concession $8.

Mr Greig said some club activities had been moved off-site until the club was reopened.

“We have lost some venue users, but generally we have had a lot of people enquiring when we will be open,” he said.

“Everyone has been very patient and eager to support the club.”

And to try and encourage more people to become involved, the club is offering a special joining fee.

Mr Greig said anyone joining or renewing their membership before March 31 could join for $5. It is normally $20 for adults, and $10 for children.



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