Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson.
Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson.

Mayor labels firebugs gutless

TEMPORARY buildings will be set up outside the South Grafton pool and trade is expected to recommence by the end of the week, council officers said yesterday.

Describing the arson attack as ‘gutless and cowardly act’, Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson said it was a case of deja vu for many in the council.

As insurance assessors inspected the debris, Cr Williamson said council’s already hefty insurance bill may be facing an upward review because of Friday night’s and previous fires.

The blaze, which was confined by fire fighters to the entry, kiosk and office area of the South Grafton pool complex, is believed to have been deliberately lit.

Though no estimates of the damage have been made available, Cr Williamson said walls of the affected area had been structurally damaged.

“This has left the community without a gymnasium, a pool and most importantly ... a hydrotherapy pool which people need for rehabilitation,” he said.

“Words cannot describe the frustration in the community after Friday night.”



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