Ballina Community Health Centre called in the SES to put some tarps on the roof of the building.
Ballina Community Health Centre called in the SES to put some tarps on the roof of the building. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Huge SES tarp for health centre

SES volunteers from Ballina were called out to the Ballina Community Health Centre yesterday after rain came through the roof which has been needing attention since earlier this year.

Volunteers spent three to four hours attending to the leak, putting up a large 30 x 30m tarp held down by sand bags said local SES Controller, Gerry Burnage.

"It was a big area of the roof they had to cover," Mr Burnage said.

"They have put sandbags down to hold the tarp in place and that should hold for a few weeks," he said.

"The only issue with the tarp may occur if we have extremely hot days and it could be weakened by the heat.

The roof damage was not caused by yesterday's rain, Mr Burnage said, as the roof was already in a poor condition.

The roof at the Community Health Centre was first identified as being in poor condition back in July this year, a spokesperson for the Northern NSW Local Health District said, however there have been delays in deciding upon a suitable tradesperson to fix it.

"The Northern NSW Local Health District has been sourcing quotes for the replacement of the roof, however it has only received one quote and a further two quotes are required as part of the tender process before work can commence," the spokesperson said.



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