Surf club to alight anew
By Dawn Cohen
WHERE do you keep your life savers?
The Lighthouse Beach surf lifesaving clubhouse is being demolished, and club president Paul Kelly is asking the community where it wants the new facilities.
The 45-year-old Lighthouse Beach building has been closed for more than three years, after the discovery of irreparable damage to the concrete foundations.
The start of demolition two weeks ago heralded the end of nearly 80 years of surf life saving structures on the beach.
A wooden clubhouse from the 1930s preceded the iconic sentinel now being dismantled.
Currently, a development application to extend the club's Shelly Beach building is sluggishly paddling through Department of Lands' red tape.
"People have asked what is planned for Lighthouse Beach now that the building is going," said Mr Kelly yesterday.
"I would like to ask members of the community if they would rather a new building be located on Lighthouse Beach rather than Shelly beach."
Mr Kelly has fond memories of the Lighthouse Beach clubhouse.
"Magic photos lining the walls," he said.
"The Ballina boat crew of the 1960s won three consecutive Australian titles. Nobody has beaten that record yet.
"Those people inspired everybody. It is a really important history."