Ballina's surf club closer to reality
PLANS to move the Ballina surf club 'back home' have reached the next stage, with a development application to build a new clubhouse at Lighthouse Beach now lodged with Ballina Shire Council.
This comes after the announcement that Shelly Beach will not be patrolled during the 2009/10 season because of storm damage.
The Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Lifesaving Club has operated from the Shelly Beach Club since the original clubhouse at Lighthouse Beach was demolished in 2005.
The proposed project includes an observation tower/patrol room, first aid room and public toilet.
A second building, set back from the beach, includes the club facilities, community meeting rooms and a cafe.
It will also have office space for Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast's branch office and the professional lifeguard service which patrols Ballina's beaches during summer and school holiday periods.
Club president Kris Beavis said it was an exciting time for the organisation, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.
“We have a proud history of service to this community and we are looking forward to seeing the development of the new premises,” he said.
“Once the development application is approved by the Ballina Council we will then be pursuing funding to complete the project.
“The surf club plays a vital role in ensuring the beaches in the shire are safe and we will be seeking to access similar Federal and State funding that has been provided for other communities.
“We will be partnering the council in pursuing these funding opportunities.”
Mr Beavis said the new clubhouse would benefit members as well as the community.
Last season members of the surf club conducted 49 rescues and performed 789 'preventative actions'.