US students not out of their depth
UNIVERSITY students from the United States who study in a city no-where near a beach have come up with ideas for a new surf club at Lennox Head, and the concepts have been welcomed by Wayne Jones, president of the Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club.
Unlike the proposed Ballina surf club, Mr Jones said the Lennox Head club had been told by the NSW Land and Property Management Authority a new building could be built at the current site on Crown land overlooking the beach.
The Ballina clubhouse is proposed for a site behind the dunes, with a patrol room on the site of the former clubhouse.
The architecture students are from Ball State University in Indiana and are in Lennox Head for five months. Ball State University students have been visiting Lennox for at least 10 years.
As part of their stay, the 38 students – 26 are undergraduates – are required to be involved in the community.
This year’s cohort was given the project of drawing up plans and building scale models for three surf clubs –at Lennox, Ballina and Byron Bay.
The students worked in groups of four or five.
They presented their designs to the community last week, with two designs made for each clubhouse.
Mr Jones was impressed with the students’ work and said the club could now use their ideas in developing designs for a clubhouse.
Club representatives had briefed the students on their requirements for the building.
Mr Jones said a new clubhouse was urgently needed at Lennox Head to replace the existing clubhouse built in the mid-1970s.
He said storage, and the size of the clubhouse in the expanding community, were two issues facing the club.
“The current building is past its use-by date,” he said.
Equipment security has also has been an issue.
Mr Jones said the two designs drawn up by the students could be taken to Ballina Shire Council to get the wheels rolling on a new clubhouse.
Both designs are two-storey and about double the size of the current club, with a restaurant/cafe included.
Mr Jones said the club would be looking at applying for State and Federal government grants to help with costs.