Minnie Water-Wooli surf club volunteer Pauline McLeod inspects the beach from the new surf club.
Minnie Water-Wooli surf club volunteer Pauline McLeod inspects the beach from the new surf club.

Minnie lifesavers embrace new club

MINNIE Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club now has an operational clubhouse at Main Beach, Minnie Water.

The completion of the building brings to an end 14-years of ad hoc storage of surf gear in three shipping containers and at various members’ houses and clubhouses.

And, according to club president Tony Benfield, it also means more security for members’ belongings, longer patrol hours and better public showers and toilets – the building offers three new multi-gender state-of-the-art toilets.

Though there had always been talk of a clubhouse since the club’s inception in 1995, the club got serious under the presidency of Peter Grainger four to five years ago, Mr Benfield said.

“We drew the line in the sand and went back to square one. We jumped through the hoops. We carried out community consultation which resulted in some changes to the design,” he said.

The final cost of the project was $630,000 (inc GST) with $328,000 coming from the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, $140,000 from the Federal Government, $80,000 from Clarence Valley Council and $25,000 from the club’s hard-earned chook raffle fund, Mr Benfield said.

All water at the clubhouse is provided via rain tanks, including water in the toilets and showers, and the club is now seeking funding to install solar panels to generate its own electricity and sell any excess back to the grid.



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