Design company looks at viability of Lennox Head surf club
A REVIEW of the Lennox Head surf club will start in the near future to determine whether the building should be refurbished or demolished.
Ballina Shire Council has awarded a tender for the review and consultation to Complete Urban Pty Ltd.
The company has been involved in design work and refurbishments at major surf clubs such as Curl Curl, Collaroy, Kirra and Wyong, as well as foreshore amenities at Surfers Paradise and Macintosh Island.
Issues that have been identified at the Lennox surf club include the poor condition of the building, the public space amenity and landscaping, and the traffic and drainage infrastructure.
Lennox Head Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club president Brian Dell said members had been working hard on improvements over recent months.
He said they had probably invested about $180,000 in the refurbishments, but a lot more was needed.
"A new clubhouse would be desirable," he said.
"The building has been falling down around us and we've been doing enough to keep it going.
"It probably has about five to 10 years left in it, and then its condition will just be beyond a joke.
"The clubhouse was built in the 1970s and it does cop a bit of a beating because of where it is.
"We'll wait and see what comes from the review."
The controversial sale of council-owned land in Ross St, Lennox Head, generated $1.355 million, and this money has been allocated for the surf club project.
For now, Complete Urban has been asked to identify the best way forward. It will then be decided whether the club should be renovated or knocked down and a new one built.
Renovations done by members mean the club will have 10 toilets instead of four, plus new showers.
The club will also have solar hot water, the roof has been fixed, and the building now boasts new, all-glass windows right across the front upstairs.
The veranda was fixed 18 months ago.