Vandals destroy surf club tower
VANDALS have destroyed the Red Rock Corindi Surf Life Saving Club observation tower, leaving lifesavers patrolling the beach at the mercy of the elements.
Club president Rod McSkimming said vandals had completely demolished the tower.
"They've got into it and kicked the doors and inside walls in and they've even lifted the flooring boards off the observation deck," he said.
"We have to pull the whole tower down now, it's beyond repair. I did not realise the extent of the damage until I went down and had a look the other day, it's disgraceful."
Mr McSkimming said the destruction of the tower had dismayed many people.
"It's upset a lot of the people here," he said.
"You're there doing a voluntary job, to keep an eye out to save lives, but this makes you think why sometimes."
He said the loss of the tow- er would make patrolling the beaches in poor weather a much tougher prospect.
"It makes the job much harder when you've got people sitting out in poor weather, facing the elements," he said.
Mr McSkimming said the club was awaiting a vandalism proof tower from Coffs Harbour Shire Council, but there was no telling when that would be provided.
The club will hold a work- ing bee on Sunday at 9am.