A place to call their own
SINCE the very first surf patrol at Minnie Water in April 1995, the Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club has had the unfaltering aim of having its very own place to call home. After almost 15 years of fundraising and shrewd saving, the dream finally became a reality last Sunday when the newly built club house was officially opened.
“The new club house means that we now have a secure environment and storage for all our equipment and it is all in one location,” said club president Tony Benfield.
Previously club members had stored gear at their own homes and transported it back and forth as required.
“The facilities are much better and we can also now train up to 20 people at once.” Mr Benfield said.
“Patrolling members can now have a decent shower after their shift.”
Mr Benfield said that the Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club had been very dedicated in raising and saving funds over the past 15 years, and had always been actively working towards their vision.
He said club members and the greater community had contributed to the new club house in a number of ways, including recycling programs, chook raffles, beach volleyball fundraising days, regular events and donations, to name a few.
“We would like to thank the Clarence Valley Council, especially the marvellous support of former mayor Ian Tiley, and Mayor Richie Williamson, plus the support of our members and community” Mr Benfield said.
A surf club volunteer for more than 30 years, Mr Benfield also acknowledged funding received from Clarence Valley Council of $80,000, a grant of $328,000 received from NSW Surf Life Saving in partnership with the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, funding from the Federal Government of $140,000, plus the contributions made directly by the club itself at around $25,000.
The final cost of the Club house is estimated at around $630,000.