Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club needs rescuing
FOR more than 70 years, Yamba's surf lifesavers have watched the waves from their Main Beach clubhouse, but the recent discovery of a white ant infestation is threatening the future of the heritage-listed building.
About two months ago Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club president Ray Burridge feared the worst when the back section of the clubhouse literally dropped.
He initially thought the structural damage may have been caused by timber rot from the water that runs off the hill behind the club after heavy rainfalls.
But an inspection by Elders Pest Control confirmed the clubhouse was in the grip of a severe termite infestation that was threatening its existence.
"At the moment the situation is critical," pest controller John Elder said.
"The club is heavily infested and if something isn't done now then Yamba will lose a heritage building, it's as simple as that."
The club was facing a bill of $7000 to eradicate the white ants and save the building, but thanks to the generosity of Elders Pest Control, they will not have to dip into their budget for the upcoming summer season.
Elders have offered to donate their services and will immediately get to work ensuring the pests cause no more damage, but even once the white ants are gone there will still be work to be done.
The club could still face a costly repair bill to repair the damage to the original timber structure.